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DEAN AND HINDS FAMlLl'faf>,* ;•. ;..'.. 

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By Ebenezer W. Peirce, 


New Bedford, Mass.: 


45 & 47 William Street. 






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Copyright 1883, 
'B.v PAUL HiiWI.AND, Jr. 





Everybod)' wants to read this book, for it is full 
of facts stranger than fiction. The author was a 
man who excited wonderful interest, and the book 
gives pen pictures of the man. The experiences 
and incidents in the life of Gardner Dean were 
strange and exciting. He was a school-teacher, 
a preacher, a Son of Temperance, a " come-outer," 
a Baptist, a Freemason, an Odd Fellow, a Congre- 
gationalist, a Christian, a lecturer, a revivalist, full 
of faith, full of hope, full of zeal, full of dignity, 
full of humor, full of drollery — rising in lofty bearing 
equal to any occasion, or stooping with natural 
ease to any emergency. When listening to his 
humor people would wonder if he could preach ; 
but when scarce through his story he, with 


tears, spoke of salvation, they wondered that he 
could ever indulge in levity. He was a medley 
of wit and wisdom, interesting, pleasing, odd and 
humorous; his startling actions succeeded each 
other like lightning flashes in the summer sky. 
His life, in sudden action, resembled that of Elijah 
the prophet; his fine address, winning ways, mu- 
sical voice and deep religious fervor opened his 
way among strangers ; when his startling eloquence, 
rhetorical power and nervous, impulsive spirit, and 
powerful speech carried his audience as by storm. 
With the humility, naturalness and bearing of a 
child, he would sometimes seem to prompt the 
contempt of the great ; but when their loftiness 
excited his contempt he, with the boldness of a 
lion, had the address to conquer the most confi- 
dent by a single retort, often lassooing his proudest 
opponent, humbling his antagonist and winning 
the multitudes. No one could manage him. He 
evidently thought the world his own, and as a pent 

PREFACE. 111. 

up horse or caged eagle turned loose, he sped in 
mind or body, as Elijah, before the king's chariot; 
or, like Ulysses in Homer's Odyssey, his life was 
full of venture and victory. His wonderful wit 
prompted many to go to hear the strange preacher 
from mere curiosity, who returned to pray, thank- 
ing God for the streams of salvation which seemed 
to proceed fresh " from the throne of God and the 
Lamb." His individuality was such, though 
crowded with friends, friendship ^nd love, he ce- 
mented to none ; but would suddenly and unex- 
pectedly depart for most distant parts, and those 
who expected to meet him on the morrow would 
not see him for months. He was a Yankee cos- 
mopolyte, flying like a meteor, his body as restless 
as his mind. The charge that he was insane came 
from those who could not understand him. There 
is in all extraordinary men idiosyncracies, and their 
actions would be insane in others. Thus for ordi- 
nary men to attempt the exploits of Copernicus, 



or Galileo, or the work of Michael .An^elo would 

be to prove them insane. Dean was not insane, 
but he was nervous and excitable; a good man. 

with much of the natural man remaining; a wild 
flower blooming in the garden of God. H- kept 
no secret, but willingly told all that he knew. His 
two weeks' secret at Albany was perhaps the 
greatest cross of his life. One said, " Is Dtan a 
good man?" The writer answered, "Ask him! 
If he does anythi-ng wrong at night he Will tell you 
of it in the morning." Dean was charitable, kind 
and social ; yet his '^ argumentum ad hominem'' 
was dreadful, often placing the proud bishop or 
deacon " hors de combat'' in a moment. The great- 
est fault of the book is that it is too brief. We 
hope his life may be lengthened to eternity. 





I was born in Berkley,* Bristol county, Mass., 
June 1 8, 1816. Bred on a farm of about seventy 
acres, I did my share of the work cheerfully, and 
enjoyed the advantages of a common school. My 
father, Samuel Dean, and my mother, Hannah 
Hinds Dean, were good, moral persons, and cared 
much for and dearly loved their nine children. 

I commenced teaching school in the Winter of 
my seventeenth year, and taught several Winters. 
In the year 1836, on the 6th of February, at the 
Factory Village at Westport, the Lord found mc a 
lost sinner, and freely forgave me all my sins. I 
was very happy in his love. My love increased for 
my scholars, and Oh ! how delightful the thought 
of the evening meeting, to hear the fervent prayers, 
the glowing testimonies and heavenly songs. I'ol- 
lowing the promptings and light within, I often 
spoke and prayed, and was refreshed and strength- 

♦P'rom 1639 to 1735, or about 96 years, that farm was in Taun- 
ton; since 1735, has been in Berkley. 

2 p:xperiencks and incidents of 

cncd. In the Autumn I commenced preaching at 
Assonet Neck,* Berkley, with good success. The 
spirit of the Lord moved with power upon both 
old and young. Deacon Ebene/.er Peirce. father 
of Gen. \i. W. Peirce at Freetown, invited me to 
preach at the Christian meeting house at Assonet 
Village, in PVeetown, and gave me a hearty wel- 
come to his hospitable home. Many people gath- 
ered, and the evening meetings, at the various 
homes of the people, were attended with power. 
Tile back-sliders were reclaimed, and many turned 
from sin to righteousness. John Drinkwater Cud- 
worth was reclaimed, and his son, Daniel Hix 
Cud worth, was among the happy converts. 

At Assonet Neck, Walter Dean, Henry Dean, 
Benjamin Luther and his father, Joseph, John Bur- 
bank, and many others were faithful. Rev. John 
B. Parris, M. D., now of Westport, was a happy 
convert, and he was the first person that I had the 
privilege of leading into the water (Assonet river). 
I also baptized his mother at the same time ; and 
not far from twenty years ago I baptized a daughter 
of his. The three generations found Jesus pre- 

At Assonet, Deacon Peirce,! Jot) Peirce, Henry 

* Assonet Neck was annexed to Taunton in July, 1682; became 
a part of Dighton, May 20, 171 2, and a part of Berkley, Feb. 26, 

t Deacon Ebenezcr Peirce was born in Middleborough, May 26, 
1775; tlied, in Freetown, January 6, 1845. Deacon of First Chris- 
tian church, in Freetown, 35 years. 


Porter, Silas Terry, Sylvester Brif:jf^s, Hampton 
Peirce, Sylvanus S. Payne, and other faithful men 
and devout women, were much blessed in their 
spiritual work. At the Xcck, and Assonct, the 
good and hearty welcome to their homes will 
never be forgotten ; and their cordiality is charac- 
teristic of Bristol county. 

Early in the Spring of 1838, I was invited to 
preach at Russell's Mills, and stayed about six 
months, and was welcomed to many good homes. 
My longest stay was at Deacon Daniel Macomb- 
er's. He has fallen asleep in Jesus; and so have 
licnjamin Cummings, Jonathan Macombcr and 
wife, Holder Brownell, Malbrey Wood and George 
Mosher. Elisha Crapo still lives. The meetings 
were full of love and union. The Divine Presence 
was in the air ; and may the Lord repeat those 
joyful times again in that place ! . 

My next field was Lynn, east of Boston, at the 
Second Christian church, Rev. P. R. Russell being 
pastor of the First church. The few months I 
stayed in Lynn left a dear memory. 

Rev. J. V. Himes,* of Boston welcomed me to 
Chardon Street chapel, and there I was encour- 
aged to go forward in the good work of preaching 
the Word. 

Rev. L. D. Fleming of Portland, Maine, wrote 

♦This surname has been spelled in various ways, thus : Himes, 
nines. Hinds, Haines, and Haynes, and have probably one com- 
mon ancestor, if traced back a few centuries. 


mc that I must come to Portland and be a helper 
in the good work at Casco Street Christian church, 
as he and his family wished to go and visit I^liza- 
bethtown, N. J., for three months. I supplied his 
pulpit as well as I could. The people did not de- 
spise my youth, but came in crowds to hear; and 
a gradual work of grace was manifest. 

As Rev. John Phillips baptized me, at Westport, 
soon after my conversion, I looked up to him as a 
spiritual father ; and, as he had gone to l^rown 
county, Ohio, I left Portland on the return of 
Brother h'leming and started for Ohio, to see 
lirother Phillips. In Chautauqua county, N. V., I 
providentially met Rev. Oliver Barr. He could 
not speak a loud word, and assured me that I was 
needed at his home, in Conneaut, Ohio, as his 
people had no supply. I went there, and found a 
strong, united church, and preached for them a 
year. The months rolled awa)' in union and hap- 
piness. That year, Luman IkMison gave his heart 
to the Lord, and left skepticism forever; and 
among the eleven hundred and eight souls that I 
have baptized, I know of none more joyful and 
happy than Brother Benson. He was called to 
preach the Gospel in that church, and was pastor 
seven years, and then was gathered to his fathers. 

PVom this church I was called to preach at the 
Christian church at Lcona, Chautauqua county, 
N. Y. This people had a new meeting house, with 


a pipe organ.* There were some fifty converts 
during the two years. 

From there I received a call to Kempton Street 
church, New Bedford, Mass., and preached to and 
baptized many. Andrew Robeson paid much 
and freel}-. 

The next year I preached at Liberty Hall, and 
then went to I'awtuxet, R. I., and spent about two 
years preaching in the new free church. Notwith- 
standing the people had become alienated and 
divided, I was well received and well supported ; 
and several families came the distance of three anil 
foiir miles. The Tuckers, Rhodeses, Sheldons, 
Shermans, Chapmans, Williamses, Carrs, Arnolds, 
Austins and man)- others loved the word of life. 
On a late visit (1882), Rev. J. P. Child, pastor of 
the liaptist Church, gave me a hearty welcome to 
his pidi)it and his home. 

In the year 1848, I received a call to the Temple 
Street Christian church, Portland, and preached 
for them nearly a year. Here I was sick, nearly 
unto death, with typhoid fever, and on my recovery 
commenced evangelistic labor. The Temple Street 
church was a pleasant company to preach among. 
Rev. Samuel Brown was their former pastor. 
During my stay there, Deacon Mason, of blessed 
memory, died. He told me, in the presence of 
his family, on the day of his death, that he was 

* It was a thing quite unusual to see an organ in a meeting-hou.-'e 
at that date, though (juite common now. 


going to the land of the enemy, and that he 
rejoiced in God that Christ was stronger than the 
enemy, dcatli, and he woidd come from the land of 
the enemy at the resurrection of the just. He was 
buried with tenderness and tears, all denominations 
sa}ing, "A good man has died ; and Portland has 
met with a loss in his death." 

As soon as health would admit I held a meeting, 
by invitation of Rev. James Burlingamc, at Rice 
City, R. I. This was a meeting of much interest: 
the church was quickened, and many souls happily 
converted to God. Brother Burlingame was a 
cheerful man, engaged in all good work. 

From Rhode Island I came to New Bedford* 
and held one of the most interesting meetings that 
I was ever engaged in. It lasted three months. 
Not only the Middle Street Christian church, where 
it was held, down to this day feels its effects, but 
other churches. At the close of this meeting an 
invitation was extended to me to become its pastor. 
I found it my duty to decline, and a call was ten- 
dered to Rev. James Taylor of Rhode Island. 
About $9,000 was cheerfully given to improve and 
beautify the house. The church is now (1882) 
enjoying the efficient pastoral labors of Rev. N. 
Summerbell, D. D.. Thos. Durfee, Joshua B. 
Ashley, Charles Scarell, Ambrose E. Luce, Thos. 
Sanford, S. Brown, Mr. Keen and many others 
were interested. Jonathan Macomber was one of 
the most earnest workers. He was at his son-in- 


law's, Daniel Jcnks, throufrh the meetings; and as I 
had a good home there, without money and without 
price, Brother Macomber would go with nie from 
house to house, and talk and pra}- with the anxious : 
and Oh ! there will, T trust, be many stars in his 
future crown of rejoicing. All denominations took 
part in the glorious work. Rev. Mr. Thomas, 
Unitarian, would kneel at the an.xious seat and i)ra}- 
fervently for the seekers, that they might ever fol- 
low Jesus. Kcv. Ephraim Burroughs and William 
Chapel were converted at this meeting. Among 
the constant workers from other churches were 
Iko. Ichabod Chase, Deacon Gray Hamlin, Asa 
Coombs, C. Gammons and his father, John Cory, 
P. Groves and Josiah S. Bonney. Cranston Wilcox 
and his father, 85 years of age, were converted 
during the meeting. 

From this meeting I went to the Western Re- 
serve, Ohio, and saw God's glory in the conversion 
of many souls. Rev. J. K. Church welcomed me 
to Spring, Crawford county. Pa. Brother Church 
was an able preacher, a good counselor, and an 
exemplary Christian, and one of the most interest- 
ing men that it was ever my lot to become ac- 
quainted with. He would insist on my baptizing 
in his parish, while I took the ground, and hardly 
ever varied from it, that it was the pastor's duty 
to baptize, and the evangelist might on new ground 
or where churches were without a pastor. 




W'itli Rev. S. H. Morse, in the Springfield Chris- 
tian church, we saw a <;ood work. Brother Morse 
is a good preacher, and much enjoyed promoting 
revival work. 

I received a call from the Suffolk Street Christian 
church of New York City in 1858, and spent about 
a year with them. There was a general revival in 
the cit}-, and this church was blessed. Dr. Thomas 
Armitage's church granted me the privilege of 
baptizing in the baptistry of his church on Ikoomc 
street. I remember of baptizing twelve in one , 
evening there, and among the number B. F. Shaffer 
and wife, the nephew and niece of Rev. X. Summer- 
bell, D. D., also Clinton Brush, son of J. K. 15rush, 
and Mrs. Lindsley, a daughter of Rev. Oliver Barr, 
a former pastor of that church. I boarded in the 
Summerbell home, 120 Orchard street, and a good 
Christian home it was. Some of the converts were 
baptized at Green Point. J. E. Brush, Deacon 
Wooton, F. Palmer, Deacon Congdon, Creps Keir- 
sted and many others were faithful in building up 
the Redeemer's kingdom. 

In 1856 I preached in the Christian church, 
corner of County and Allen streets, New Bedford. 
There Josiah Bonney and Cranston Wilcox were 
full of hope and courage. Sister Wilcox was a 
faithful soul. She and other devout women were 
very useful in winning souls to Christ. Cranston's 
father and many others were baptized at the foot 
of School street, that season. Brother John Francis, 


now Deacon in the Bonncy Street Christian church, 
was one of the number. 

In tlie \-car 1851 I preached the word three 
months at Henry, Marshall count)', 111., Rev. S. 
L. Pervier, pastor. In compliance with his wish I 
baptized many, in company with him, in the Illinois 
ri\'er. The good work was \'cry powerful and e.\- 
tensi\-e. Rev. N. Summcrbell preached several 
able sermons at the closing up of the meetings, so 
it might well be said the best of the wine was at 
the last of the feast. The fruitage of Brother 
Summerbell's sermons will be seen in the coming 
flowery kingdom. 

Good Brother Thos. Ilarless, who gave us a 
home, now sweetl}' sleeps in Jesus ; Brother Car- 
penter has also gone. Rev. I. C. Goff, D. D., has 
been made, through the grace of God, a great 
blessing to Henry and the surrounding region. 

As I was about leaving Henry for Blackberr}-, 
111., I received from Rev. Daniel Millard, of West 
Bloomfield, a letter requesting me to ask God 
if it was his will that I should come to West 
Bloomfield and preach the Gospel a few weeks. 
After a season of prayer and meditation I wrote 
him that I would come trusting in God. The 
meeting of four weeks was crowned with a pow- 
erful revival. On the day of baptizing the ice 
was very thick and was cut out in the shape of a 
grave. Dr. Joseph Hall and myself aided in leading 
in aud out of this grave, while Brother Millard pro- 


j' nounccd the sound words of baptism in a solemn, 

' sweet voice, burying each candidate with decency- 

and order. One of that joyful number, a daughter 
of Rev. Daniel Millard, has since died with a sure 
^ and steadfast hope of a glorious immortality. 

The meeting at West Rush, of two weeks, Rev. 

i. Wm. Sibley, pastor, was crowned with God's blcss- 

'; ing. At Palmyra, Rev. H. Burnham, pastor, was 

blessed. I preached a few times in Marion, and 
formed a pleasant acquaintance with Rev. A. Stanton 

I '■ and Brother Galloway. At Union Springs, Rev. 

i A. S. Dean, pastor, there was a good revival; also 

at Naples, Rev. J. C. Burgdorf, pastor, the Lord 
poured out his spirit. The church was revived, 
and some souls found the Lord precious. Isaac 
Legore, John Lacy, Thomas Covil, Irving Lyon, 

I'! - A. T. Nelson and others helped both temporarily 

and spiritually. 

The meeting at Gloucester, N. J., was one of 
much interest. Rev. John S. Thompson and 
Brother K. II. Plummer were very efficient laborers 
in the gospel field. Their invitation, singing in 
unison with many others, seemed to move all. 
Here I was permitted to bury in baptism about 
forty happy souls. Brother Arthur Powell kept 
open house, feeding many with the rich bounties 
of earth in the spirit of Jesus. Brother Samuel 
Powell, Redfield and others. Sister Patience 
Powell, by her faithfulness, has won many souls to 
her Savior. Soon after this meeting I preachec 



the ordination sermon of Rev. E. H. Plummcr, at 
Mt. Zion Christian church, at Philadelphia, Pa., and 
at Haverhill, Mass., since that time, enjoyed the 
reviving; spirit of the Lord. 

In Washint;ton, Pa., accordinLj to the Christian 
Repository, published in Meadville, I led eiglUy 
happy souls into the water, and baptized them on 
three consecutive Sabbaths: the third Sabbath in 
July, 30; the next Sabbath, 31 ; on the next, 19; 
and in a few weeks after the number was about 
one himdred in all. 

In Canada, at Oshaivay, Rev. Thomas Henry 
welcomed me to his pulpit, and he and his people 
helped me to temporal things in a beautiful way. 

In Suffolk, Va., Rev. Dr. Willous, then living, 
welcomed me to his pulpit, and through the Chris- 
tian Sun gave appointments. At Berkley the 
meeting was good and profitable. Rev. Mr. Bassett 
and many others helping. Hon. Mr. Hill, No. 210 
Free Mason street, at Norfolk, gave me a good 
home and further aided me. 

I was very sick at Baltimore, and Rev. Mr. 
Walker, D. D., and Free Masons and Odd Fellows 
bore my expenses cheerfully. 

At Belvedier, 111., Rev. \Vm. Bradley, pastor, 
the Lord moved upon the whole village, and the 
days of revival cheered the people of God, and 
several went forward in baptism. The parents of 
Rev. J. L. Towner and other members of ihat 
mily were deeply engaged in the good work. 


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At Lincsvillc and in .the Kill-Ikick vicinity, 
there was a great work of grace. David Lines, 
son of Rev. Austin Lines, was one of the converts. 
Ho has been the principal of Le Grande Institute, 
and is a good preacher. 

At Irvington, N. J., the Christian church was 
i • witliout a pastor, and we did the best we could. 

A good work of grace was manifest on one bap- 
tismal day. I led down into the water Sister Stock- 
man and her daughter, and baptized them, the 
mother being eighty and nine and the daughter 
between sixty and seventy. This was a good day 
for Deacon Meeker, IMcChesney, Tivilleger and 

The meeting at Fairview, Erie county, Pa., was 
one of peculiar interest ; Rev. A. I'ish, pastor. A 
man by the name of Palmer, well-to-do in life, was 
an unbeliever, and when Rev. Mr. P'ish would bap- 
tize the followers of Christ, he would wash sheep 
in a scoffing spirit. Curiosity, and perhaps some 
other motives, led him to attend the evening meet- 
ings. The meetings had been in progress about two 
weeks, and no visible encouragement disccrnable, 
till he arose in the meeting and said : "Before I came 
here to-night I went out into the barn and looked 
over into the manger, and thought, ' Christ was born 
in a manger, and I will get into that manger and 
seek the Lord.' And I did, and found him precious 
to my soul." The prospect of the meeting was 
changed, and a jubilant spirit reigned. The meet- 



,■ ing-housc soon became crowded, and many cried 
for mercy and found jjardon and for<:jivcnes.s at the 
i throne»of Divine Mercy. Several of Brother Pahii- 
j er's family joined w ith him, to the jo)- of Sister 
Palmer, who had been a devout Christian several 
years. On the da)' Brother Palmer and several of 
his children were baptized. Sister Palmer made a 
rich feast, and we truly sat together in the heavenly 
places. Brothers \Vm. and Jabez Luther, Wash- 
burn Ryan and others were much blessed in wit- 
nessing their prayers answered. 

The town of I'ranklin was also blessed with the 
revival influence, and a Christian church was organ- 

By invitation of Rev. E. Marvin, I preached 
every evening for five weeks at Rock Stream, Vates 
county, N. Y. It was not long before the rebellion 
broke out. I saw l^rother Marvin baptize a large 
number, ainongthem twi) justices of peace, Ksquire 
Henderson, and P^squire Lee. Kighty-five joined 
the Christian church. Prof. Chadwick and many 
of the students of Starkey attended, helped, and 
were useful and much esteemed. 

The meeting at Hector, in the village of Seabury, 
Rev. Mr. Grimes, pastor, was attended with Divine 
Power, and a large number were blessed. The 
meeting at Castile, Rev. Geo. \V. Noble, pastor, 
was of deep interest, and a family by the name of 
Post were quite influential in building up the cause 
of Christ. Rev. Mr. Post, son of Bela Post, now 







president of Suffolk T:ollege, Va., was then a gifted 
j { young man of promise. 

The meetings at Vanburen and Ionia werc^good, 
and several found Christ to be precious. The 
people here were without a pastor. 
I Rev. O. E. Morrill invited me to assist in a 

protracted effort at Plainvillc. The meetings were 
very large and crowned with a blessed revival. 
At Barry, Orleans county, N. Y., I assisted Rev. 
ij S. H. Morse. Among the number blessed was 

I'l O. T. Wyman, now the pastor of the Christian 

! I church at Conneaut, O., who with others, was bap- 

I tized by his uncle. Rev. S. H. Morse. My health 

;l was very poor, it being the Summer of 1854, after 

; I was abducted from New Bedford. 

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Rev. Gardner Dean 

COPIKI) IKO.M TllK NkW Ilr.DIOKI) StAMjAKI) ok 1853-54, BY 

liDMUM) A. RKEI). 

Monday, Dec. 19, 1853. 

Singular disappearance. — Our community has 
been thrown into a-state of j^rcat excitement by 
the sudden and mysteriinis disappearance of Rev. 
Gardner Dean, a minister of the Christian l^ajnist 
denomination, who formerly preached in this city, 
and has been stoppin<^ here for the past few weeks, 
engaged in holding a series of revival meetings in 
several of our churches. Rumor, with iier countless 
tongues, gives almost an hundred different versions 
of the story; but as nearly as we are able to 
ascertain the facts, they arc in this wise. 

Thursday evening Mr. Dean took tea, in com- 
pany with Rev. Mr. Taylor, at a gentleman's house 
in the north part of the city, and left there on the 
ringing of the bells for the evening services at the 
churches, with Mr. Taylor. The two gentlemen 
parted on the corner of Sixth and Middle streets, 
Mr. Taylor going to Purchase street, and Mr. Dean 
proceeding down Sixth street, towards the Metiio- 
dist church on Allen street, to fulfil an engage- 
ment that he had made to preach there that cvc- 




nins^. He did not visit tlie church, and since tiiat 
time has not been heard from. His engajjjements, 
about which, we are informed, he was \-ery partic- 
ular, have been unfulfilled — one of which was at 
the Honney Street church, yesterda)-. which, added 
)i ' - to other facts, occasions considerable interest as to 
I his personal safety. His clothes remain at his 

I boarding-house, and no person is advised that he 

I had any intention of leaving the city at present. 

We have been informed that Mr. Dean has re- 
ceived several threatening letters within the past 
,week, warning him of personal violence, and hint- 
ing at revolvers, etc. ; but whether the rumor is 
founded in fact or not we are unable to say. Some 
of his friends connect the circumstance with his 
disappearance, and feel that they have just cause 
for alarm. We hope that the mystery will be sat- 
isfactorily solved, and that it will turn out that the 
rumor has greatly exaggerated the facts. We 
must say, however, that the case, as it presents 
itself and as report gives it, is a very singular 
and somewhat alarming one. 

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 1853. 
Case of Rev. Gardner Dean. — Time only en- 
shrouds the singular disappearance of this gentle- 
man, which we noticed yesterday, in still deeper 
mystery. His numerous friends are justly in a 
state of great alarm in regard to it, and are using 
every effort, aided by the authorities, to develop it. 
Last evening a large meeting of citizens was held 
at the North Christian church, to take council upon 
the matter and to devise such plans of proccedure 
as the circumstances of the affair might demand. 
Josiah S. Honney, Esq., was called to the chair. 


i\fter ackiresscs b)- several gentlemen, and the ap- 
j)()intnient of a committee of invcstiL,^ation, an ad- 
journment was had until this morning at half-past 
seven o'clock. Subsecjuentl}' the Board of Alder- 
men held a meeting in the Citv Hall. The Ma\'or* 
being absent, Alderman lieetle was chosen presi- 
dent. The Board was addressed in relation to the 
matter by Josiah ]^onney, l^sq., and Messrs. Frank- 
lin Jenney and h'rancis Harrison, after which a 
l)rivate session was held, and j^robably such meas- 
ures adopted as the case demanded. Ihis morn- 
ing the meeting reassembled at the vestr\-, accord- 
ing to adjournment, but no new facts were pre- 

We have been requested to state that an article 
in a morning paper, in reference to Mr. Dean's dis- 
appearance, is incorrect in many important re- 
spects. Mr. Dean was not a man of an "eccen- 
tric turn (jf mind," particularly, and the idea that 
he wou'd experience a "partial aberration of in- 
tellect" in the space of ten or fifteen minutes, — the 
ordinary time for a pedestrian to accomplish the 
distance between Mr. ( )tis X. Pierce's house, on 
North Sixth street, where he was last seen, and 
the Allen street church, where he was to preach, 
— is simply prej)o. jrous. The statement, in the 
same paper, that the "missing man has disap- 

* Hon. Rodney French, at that time mayor of llie city of New 
r)e(lfor(l, Hke Rev. (iardner Dean, originated in the town of lierk- 
ley, their birthplaces l)einj; about two miles apart. Hon. Rodney 
French was a son of Hc^n. Samuel French and wife, Celia Crane, 
grandson of Capt. Samuel French and wife, Lucy Peirce, great- 
grandson of Samuel French, and great-great-grandson of John 
French, all of whom were residents in what until 1735 was Taun- 
ton, and since 1735. iierkley. 




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pearctl, in a similar manner, at least once before," 
is pronouncetl unqualifiedly false by one of the 
reverend ^gentleman's most intimate friends. 1 le 
was ahvax's \'cry particular about his entj^ai^ements, 
and was never known to fail in their fulfdmcnt, un- 
less from some unforeseen event or circumstance 
beyond his control. The statement, published in 
the same article, that Mr. Dean was seen passinjjj 
up Middle street, about 12 o'clock on Thursda\' 
e\enin<;, is pronounced unfounded, 'ihc identic- 
man who is rej)orted to have seen Mr. Dean on 
Middle street at that time (Henry F. Thomas, 
I'Lsq.) states, as we are informed, that he saw him 
on W'ednesda}' evening, between 9 and 10 o'cKjck, 
and not on Thursday evening, the time of the dis- 
appearance. There arc countless other rumors in 
circulation, and some of them of the most painful 
character. We shall refrain, however, from giving 
them publicit)', as we most earnestly wish to avoid 
misleading the public mind. 

One thing is certain. The Rev. Mr. Dean has 
been missing for four da}'s and five nights, and 
nothing is known of him. His disappearance was 
most singular and mysterious. No one can ac- 
count for it. We do not wonder, then, that his 
friends and the community at large are alarmed. 
There is just occasion for it, Wc do not wish to 
believe that Mr. Dean has been foully dealt with. 
Wc do not wish to believe that we harbor among 
us villains so depraved, assassins so fiendish and 
wicked. The mystery should be unraveled. No 
effort should be spared by the authorities or our 
citizens to investigate the matter to a satisfactory 
conclusion. We shall advise our readers of cir- 
cumstances connected \.vith the painful and, to 


many, hcart-rendinc:^ affair, that time or invcstitja- 
tion ma)- disclose. It is, as it ncnv presents itself, 
a sad and melancholy case, inducing the worst 
fe.irs. Our sincere hope is that they may not be 

\Vi;i)m:si)AV, Dec. 21, 1853. 

Disappearance of ICldcr Dean. — The m}\sterious 
disappearance of this gentleman still continues the 
all-absorbinsj^ topic of conversation and discus- 
sion. No circumstance has as yet transpired 
^\■hich has a tendency to unravel the m\'ster\-. 
The officers and friends of the missing.; clerjj^yman 
have been indefatii;able in their efforts to solve the 
doubts that now hang over the affair, but no satis- 
factory result has been attained. The trunk of the 
reverend gentleman, which remains at his board- 
ing-house, has been opened, but nothing was fouml 
which gave an}' clue to the m}'stcry. 

A public meeting was held, last evening, at the 
vestry of the North Christian church, on Purchase 
street, in reference to the subject, which was ad- 
dressed by Charles Traffard and Josiah S. Bonne}*, 
Kscjs., and His Honor the Ma}'or. An adjourn- 
ment was had till this morning at 8 o'clock, at the 
City Hall. 

This morning the people assembled in large 
numbers at the hall, and men nimibering about 
one hundred volunteered their services in a search 
for the missing man. The company was divided 
into small parties of five to ten each, the leaders 
of which were clothed with the powers of special 
constables. It is the intention to institute a most 
thorough search of the city and its surroundings, 
and obtain whatever information it may be pos- 




sible concerniiiL^ the missing man. The parties 
are still eniragcd in their search, but, as yet, have 
made no discoveries. 

Three Hundred Dollars Reward! 

A reward of three liuiulred clollais is offered to any jier- 
son wlio will furnish information which will lead lo llie 
conviction of an\- j)ers(»n or ])ersons of havinu; maltreated 
ijj tlie Rev. (iardner Dean, or reslniinini; him from iiis right- 

ful libertw Also S50 reward for salisfactor\ information 
as to his whereabouts. 

Per order of tlie board of Aldermen. 

RouNKV ]*'ki:N( n, Mayor. 
;| Nfw RiDinRi). Dec. 20. 1S53. 

Thursday, Dec 22, 1853. 

No intelligence of Rev. Mr. Dean. — Nothing lias 
il }'et been heard from this gentleman. A large 

number of persons are now engaged in the search, 
5 b^it their efforts, so far, have been fruitless. The 

Mayor and Aldermen have very properly appointed 
several additional police officers, and rendered such 
other assistance to further the investigation now 
progressing, as they have been able to do: Mr. 
^ Burt, the chief of the city police,* is conducting the 

^ affair in a verj' judicious manner, and we entertain 

S no doubt but that the mystery will be satisfactorily 

■I solved within a short time. 

■i _____ — 

■i  • 

i Friday Evening, Dec. 23, 1853. 

I No intelligence. — No intelligence has yet been 

I received of the fate of Rev. Gardner Dean, 

* Mr. Charles D. ISiirt, chief of police, was a native of Berkley. 
Son of Dean Hurt and wife, I'oUy Crane; grandson of Ahrrer 
Hurt and wife, Mary Dean. " . / , 


the niissini^ clerfjyniaii. The officers and many of 
our citizens are industriously enj^aged in unravel- 
ing the nu'ster)-, but as yet have attained no satis- 
factory result. Officers C. D. l^urt and John 15ay- 
lics haws mnde a thorough search of Wcstport, 
Adamsville, Xewjiort. and nian>' other places, with- 
out success. The)' returned from their visits to 
those towns last evening. Capt. William (). Rus- 
sell has also been engaged to aid in a j^rosecution 
of the investigation. There are a thousand and 
one rumors in circulation, in which no sort of con- 
fidence should be placed. We have the best of 
authority for stating that no intelligence has, up to 
the present time, come to the knowledge of the 
officers, or any other person engaged in the search. 

Saturday I-^vkmnc, Dec. 24, 1853. 

The m}'ster\' explained. — The Reverend Gartlncr 
Dean, the preacher, whose sudden and mysterious 
disappearance caused so much anxict}' and alarm 
(to say nothing of the time and expense) to his 
friends, and was a seven days wonder among the 
good people of this communit}', has at last bden 
heard from, if not found, l^elow we publish a 
letter from the reverend gentleman, which is pro- 
nounced genuine b\- those who have examined it 
and are familiar w ith his handwriting. The con- 
tents of the letter also bear internal evidence of its 
genuineness. The letter came }-esterday, through 
Thompson's Western ICxpress, to Hatch, Gray & 
Co.'s Express, who brought the precious document 
to this city, last evening, when we issued it in an 
extra, which met with an extensive sale. 

The re\erend wanderer docs not date his letter 


at any particular place, as will be seen by inspec- 
tion, — probably considering himself a real cos- 
mopolite, and all particidar localities of no import- 
ance to his world-expansive mind and Christian 
sympathies, proclivities and affinities. Why should 
he notify this little spot of New Bedford of his 
movements? It is sufficient for the people to 
know that he is in the world, free from CJ^ags, 
bludgeons, reservoirs, common sewers and Dart- 
mouth froL^ ponds. In a word, he has gulled a 
large portion of the people in this vicinity, and 
the gulls must pocket the joke with the best grace 
they can. The most charitable construction \vc 
can put on such conduct is that the reverend gen- 
tleman went off in a fit of insanity ! 

We are informed by our postmaster, Mr. Kent, 
that he has this day received a letter from Mlder 
Dean, dated at Albany, N. Y., requesting that any 
letters in the post office here for him might be for- 
warded to him at that city, in which vicinity 
this erratic preacher, probably, at present breathes 
and has his being. 

Dfxembkr 2 2, 1853. 
Riv. J. T.WLOR, Middle Street, New HecH'ord : 

Dear Brdther. — Please send my trunk, that is in your 
chamber, to Albany, N. Y. , by express; if he is not at 
home, call at 72 Waldcn street, on E.scjuirc GifTord, and 
he will know. 

Bro. Taylor, please put my things into .some shape, that 
are at Kstjuire (jifford s. 

I was obliged to eome away in haste. Tell Bro. Stowe 
I will explain the disa]>pointmcnt. 

The books that 1 got for the children are in the trunk. 
Fraternally yours, Gardn?:r Deax. 

The following letter, received by Mr. 'Squire 
Gifford, postmarked Albany, N. Y., from Gardner 


T^can. has been kindU' furnished us, for publication, 
b\' that i^entleman. The pubhc can draw their own 
inferences. We liavc no time for comments. Mr. 
lUirt. chief of poHce, left for Albany to-da\-. \Vc 
shall know the whole story in a short time. The 
affair should be thorouLThlv unraveled. 

.\i.HANv. X. ^'. . Dec. 22. 1853. 

Broth K.K Ciiitokd. — Tiicre will he an expressman afier 
my trunk that is at IJm. Taylor's, and I want y<)u i<> send 
my ihin.LTs that are at your Ift>use. Put them in a box. or 
.send them snmr way. Have them at Hro. Ta\lor's, re.uiy. 
when he calls. I had tn leave bi-Novul my control, and if 
\(iu know how 1 i;ol out of the city, do write tome; write 
to me. anyhow; and if you coulil send mc five tloUars it 
would be a ii;reat favor, and I will sc>on send it to you by 

At .some future time I will exjilain some thinijs that I 

I must soon <j;o West. 

Tell Mother Gift'oril and Harriet that I will write a 
longer letter next time. Respectfully yours. 

(i.XKUNF.K DfaN. 

M(^\1).\V, Dec. 26, 1853. 

The case of Mr. Dean. — The following letter 
lias been received bv Mavor bVench, in relation to 
the abscondinjT clerj^yman, who is so unfortunate 
as not to know how he left the cit\', and who pro- 
poses, at some future time, to undertake the her- 
culean task of " explainiuLj certain thini^s that he 
xiannot explain." See his letter to Mr. Gitibrd. 
published in Saturday's Standard. It shows that 
Mr. Dean " still lives." Those who have doubted 
can lay their doubts aside. The question "Who 
killed Elder Dean?" ma\', for the future, be asked 
in the same connection with tiiat other very im- 


portant inquiry of the juveniles, "Who killed Cock 

Ai.HANV Post Okiicf, Dec. 2^, I'^S.S- 
Kcv. (laniniT Dean was in the Alltany pcsi (iHice on 
■['iiuisclay, ami ilcpnsitcd a letter for I'-ric, I'a. , and ,nave 
(iiikrs not to let anybody have his letters but himself 

A. 11. (.orkcnrRV, C'lerk in Tost Office. 

The following; tclci^raphic despatch has been re- 
ceived from C. 1). lUirt, Esq., who left this city on 
Saturday, f(M- Albany, to hold a personal interview 
with Mr. Dean, and obtain a little information in 
relation to his movements. The despatch is dated 
Alban\', Uec. 26, 9 o'clock A. M., and reads as fol- 
lows: "Up to this hour, I can find no trace of 
(iardner Dean. The order for his trunk was 

written, I think, in the express office here, by 


The reverend j^entleman, it appears, still " moves 
in a mysterious way." One thing, however, is cer- 
tain, Dean is alive and well, and those who con- 
tend otherwise are arguing against the plainest 

The fact that Mr. Burt could find no trace of 
him proves nothing besides this, that he is moving 
very secretly. 

We shall indulge in no comments now. When 
we obtain all the facts in the case, we may publish 
a spirited account of the reverend gentleman's ex- 

Since writing the above, we have been furnished 
with the following letter, which was received by 
'Squire Gififord, this morning, by mail. It is post- 
marked Albany. It appears to us to be a " weak 
invention," but the public can draw their own in- 
ferences. We copy it verbatitn. 

RF.V. r.ARDNKK DE.W. 25 

"Dec. 23, 1853. 

]'',si^»iiKK ( jiitoki), — 'N'oii nrcd not send any of tin >sc tliinp^s 
unlcs you see wlio lakes them out We niaiie Dean write 
some letters and date them ahead one week and i had halfe 
(if his mone for to Put them in to Albany ofiice yestenlay. 

We t<~)Id him it' he Woud make it that he run away he 
miL,dit live 

i am sorry lor all i have (Imc 
i I'rav to (ortjive me and the others Daniel. 

When he wrote ahnul l)ooks tor his children he cried " 

TUKSDAV, Dec. 27, 1853. 

Rcw Gardner Dean. — Ivcw James Ta)lor, of this 
city, received the followiiit; letter, by mail, last 
eveninir, in relation to Mr. Dean. It is in the same 
handwritinij as the letter received by Mr. 'Squire 
GilTord, yesterday ; and we are also informed by 
the best autliority that the handwriting is the same 
as that of the anonymous letters received by Mr. 
De*n a few days previous to his disappearance. 
The letter to Mr. Taylor is postmarked, " Albany, 
X. Y., Dec. 23," and superscribed, " Rev. Taylor, 
Newlicdford, Mass." Its contents are as follows: 

"Dec 23. 
Kev .sir The dream i had last nite makes me want to 
confess The whole i did i ^im hade the express man see 
me Put the letter that i wrote in my Pokctand .see me take 
out the one we made Dean write if i cold he for;,Mven i 
wold tell oil i wont you to Pray to (jod to forgiv me 

Daniel ' 

The following telegraphic despatch, datctl Al- 
bany, Dec. 27, has been received, by the Mayor, 
from Mr. Burt: " Up to 9 o'clock this morning no 
satisfactory news of Gardner Dean has been ob- 
tained. I iiave seen the clerk in the postoffice. 
"\'our despatches arc received." 

26 i:\rp:RiENCES and lnxidents of 

The " ni\stcry " api)ears to be increasing instead 
of diniinishing, in certain minds; but to tliosc who 
view the matter rightly, we apprehend, there can 
be but one soIuticMi. VVc arc liappy to state that 
the afifair will be thorough!}' investigated. No ex- 
pense should be spared to unravel it and satisfy 
the public curiosity, inasmuch as it has assumed a 
phase at once important and curious, not to say 
niN'sterious, with a large portion of our citizens. 
Mr. Dean, if he be an)'where in the four quarters 
of the globe, should be found, and a satisfactory 
exj^lanation demanded. Tiiere is some rascality 
at the bottom of the whole matter, and we hope it 
will be speedily brought t-o light. 

Wednesday, Dec 28, 1853. 

The mystery. — We present the following ex- 
tracts from a letter of Mr. Burt, who is now in 
Albany, in\-estigating the circumstances connected 
with tlic case of T^ldcr Dean : 

'T have seen Rev. J. Hazcn, editor of the /'<///</<///////, 
and given him the letter from Rev. Mr. Stowc. lie in- 
formed me that he was ac(|uainted with I'.Kier Dean, and 
that he generally called at the offite wlien in Albany, 
either when passing through nr stoi)ping in the city, lie 
had not seen him. 

"Mr. Johnson, of Thompson Company's Express, 
thinks the trunk will be called for. He also thinks that 
no man would have come into their office, call for a paper, 
and write an order for the trunk, excepting Mr, Dean 

A telegraphic despatch from Mr. Burt, dated 
Albany, Dec. 27, 3 o'clock P. M., says: " No intel- 
ligence of Gardner Dean yet. The deputy post- 
master says, 'The man who came into the post office, 


on Tluirsday, called his name Gardner Dean, antl 
ordered his letters to remain there until he called 
for them, and not to deliver them to any other 
person.' " 

A despatch from Mr. ]^urt, dated at Alban\', 
Dec. 28, 9 o'clock A. M., states that no intellij;cnce 
has as yet been received of Mr. Dean. 

TlIURSOAV, Dec. 29, 1853. 

No intelli<^cnce from Elder Dean. — A telej^raphic 
despatch from Mr. Hurt, dated Albany, Dec. 29,8 
o'clock A. M., states that no intelligence has been 
recei\ed of Mr. Dean, up to that time. The afl'air 
is certainly a curious one, but we still entertain 
hopes that it will be satisfactorily explained within 
a few days, and the public mind set at rest. If it 
shoukl dcf\' the elforts now makin<^ for its elucid- 
ation, it will be one of the stran<,fest affairs on rec- 
ord. There is a mystery, but we apprehend the 
key will soon be found that will unlock it. 

Fridav, Dec. 30, 1853. 

Rev. Mr. Dean. — The eccentric and illiterate 
"Daniel," who has figured considerably in the 
epistolary line, in connection with the affair of Rev. 
Mr. Dean, is not exactly a truth-tellin<; indixidual, 
according to late atlvices from Albany. Messrs. 
Thompson & Co., the expressmen, state that the 
letter sij;ned "Gardner Dean," and addressed to 
"Rev. Mr. Taylor," for Dean's trunk, was written 
at a desk in their office. " Daniel " seems to have 
been advised of this, and therefore attempts to 
carry the impression that there was a change of 
the letters. He says: "I am frade the expres 



i man see me Put the letter that i wrote in my Poket 

I and see me take out the one we made Dean write." 

; The expressman has been intcrro<^ated in regard 

to tliis, and says distinctly that the man wlio called 

himself Gardner Dean, wrote the letter or order, 

and passed it to him, unfolded and open. " Dan- 

j iel's" statement, therefore, falls to the ground, for 

I it would be an utter impossibility to conceal an 

' open and unfolded sheet in one's pocket. And, 

ajjain, if" Daniel" has lied in one instance, has he 

not in all? The inference is fair that he has. The 

• statement that he changed the letter in the express 

I ofiice for one he " made Dean write," is proven to 

be false, by the expressman, and no doubt remains 

in our minds that his statements in regard to the 

abduction of Dean are equally false. 

' We conceive that " Daniel," whoever he may be, 

is a great scamj), and we have but little doubt that 

he will, in a short time, be known by his true name. 

A despatch from Mr. Burt, at Albany, states 

that he had gained no intelligence of Mr. Dean up 

to this morning. 


Saturday, Dec 31, 1853. 

Mr. Dean positively found. — Ours is a warm- 
hearted community, of generous sympathies and 
kindly feelings. We should need no fuller illus- 
tration of this than the case of-Gardner Dean, who 
was supposed by many of his friends, at one time, 
to have been, in some way, foully dealt with. Our 
sympathies were aroused, our sense of justice out- 
raged, and efforts were put forth for the solution of 
the mystery that was impending over the affair, 
which were alike honorable to the hearts and human- 
ity of our community. Many doubted, and with 


reason, that Mr. Dean had sufTcred from personal 
violence, or that his ricchtful hbcrtyas a person had 
been restrained ; others, persons of warm and ^^cn- 
erous feehn.L^s, thouLjht otherwise ; but all concurred 
that an in\estigation was demanded by the circum- 
stances. That investii^ation has been had. and has 
been attended with success. I'-ltler Dean is found, 
and, so far as the telegraph informs us, st)und.b()th 
in mind and body — havinL,^ if abtiucted or forcibly 
taken from the city, which cannot be supposed, 
from the evidence received, suffered no personal 
violence, or been in any way injured. 

The ma\-or. Mr. I'rench, e\er ready to respond 
to the popular demands, immediately on the 
reception of intelligence that Mr. Dean was in 
Albany, X. Y., despatched Officer Burt to that 
place, with instructions to unravel the affair so far 
as it was possible to do so. Of Mr. Hurt's move- 
ments our readers have already been advised. 
The followint; communication, dated at Alban\', 
Dec. 30, from Mr. Hurt, and addressed to the 
mayor, explains itself: "Half-past four, r. M. — 
Have just seen Elder Gardner Dean, and took him 
by the hand. Shall leave for home at 7 o'clock." 

Those who have doubted, amid the voluminous 
correspondence that has taken place, and the 
almost unciuestionable evidence that has been 
educetl of Mr. Dean's personal safety, must lay 
their doubts aside. His personal presence in Al- 
bany, in good condition, is fully established. We 
arc certainly rejoiced that the public fcelinLj in the 
matter is satisfied, so far as the safety of Mr. Dean 
is concerned. Hut \ve have a right to say that the 
public curiosity is by no means gratified. The 
aftair has assumed a phase at once so important. 


and so much discussion has been provoked, in llie 
community at large, that Mr. Dean owes it to him- 
self, and to his friends, to our citizens, who have 
been put to so much trouble and expense by his 
sint^ular disappearance, to visit our city at once 
and explain the circumstances under which he left, 
and the reasons for his sudden dei)arture. I'hat he 
is under a hii^h moral, if not a le<:^al, oblii^ation to 
do so. his warmest and most devoted friends must 
admit. We wish to say no harsh thinj^s of Mr. 
Dean. We are anxious to believe that he has 
been more " sinned against than sinning." But as 
the matter now presents itself, we must concur that 
he stands in an unfavorable and unenviable light 
before the community. There arc grounds for the 
worst suspicions ; and it is his duty, as a clergy- 
man and a man, to meet them boldly and explain 
them satisfactorily, if it is in his power to do so. 
If he fails to do this, his character must suffer in 
the estimation of all good men. We therefore call 
uj)on Mr. Dean to visit us at once and explain the 
affair, to the satisfaction of this community. He 
has no right to trifle with the sympathies of our 
citizens, and occasion so great an expenditure of 
time and money, simply to gratify his propensity 
for sudden and mysterious nocturnal journeyings. 

Monday, Jan. 2, 1854. 
Rev. Gardner Dean. — This gentleman, whose 
sudden and mysterious disappearance has occa- 
sioned so much discussion in our community dur- 
ing the past few weeks, arrived in this city, on 
Sunday morning, with Mr. Burt. Wc learn that 
Mr. Dean visited Albany, on Friday, and went to 
the post office, where Mr. Burt obtained an inter- 


view with liini. in accordance witli arranc^cnicnts he 

liad previously made. Mr. Dean's visit to our city ''■ 

is voluntary, and, as we are informed, he expressed 

no objection to coming, except tlie fear that lie ! 

mi<^ht be murderetl. 

Mr. Dean wisho us to state tliat he no ( 

knowledge of the letters received here by Mr. j 

'Squire Gifford and Rev. Mr. Ta)-lor, signed '• Dan- ' 

iel," and that he has never admitted tlieir author- i 

ship, but has always denied it' He pronounces the 
charges in the Portland .-ir^'-//.f. that he left the city 
under suspicious circumstances, unqualifiedl)- false. 1 

}Ie left the city in an open and public manner. 

Mr. Dean is apparentl}- in good condition, al- I 

though somewhat exhausted by his late journe\- I 

from Albany, which was attended with great fa- 
tigue, on account of the storm. He is laboring 
under some little excitement of mind, but no more 
than would be naturally produced b)- the circum- 
stances under which he is placed. | 

We publish the following letter, which was writ- 
ten by Mr. Dean, before he saw Mr. Burt, for the 1 
purpose of sending it to the mayor of this city. It ' 
contains his account of his disappearance, and was 
furnished to us by his consent. He has also read 
the proof, and pronounces it to be as he wrote it. 
We introduce the letter at this time without com- 
ment. It is as follows: 

Dr.wKSBi'RGH, Schenectady Co. , X. Y. 
December 29, 1853. 
Mr. Fkfxch, ]\Iayor of New Ikniford : 

Dear Sir, — 'Iwo weeks aj^o this day, after talking tea at 
the house of Mr. William Wilcox, in company with Elder 
J. Taylor, I started to go to the Allen Street church, to 
meeting, and to tarry for the night at .Mr. Davis's, on Bed- 
ford street ; but when below Mr. Arnnld's, on County street, 


a one- or two-hors^c covered wagon stojiiicd, as it overtook 
nic, and a ccnnnion-si/ed man tokl nic tliat Mr, I'arjona 
•rripp was at the point of death, and 1 must come inimr- 
diatelv, b\' his re(iuest. I hesitated, on thi- <;rounds theic 
nii,a:ht l)e foul pla}-, and he said, "You know tliis man," 
pointing' into tlie back part of the waL,a)n, getting out him- 
self, as though he saw something wrong about the harness. 
As it was ver\- Hglit, good moon, I ventured to look int<> 
tlie wagon, and as I chd, one of the two gentlemen (as I 
tlien sup])osed they were) cortlially reached out his hand, 
and said: "I'm glad lo .see you," and held me by the 
hand, pulling me in, and by the aid of the man or frienil 
in the rear, or that got out, 1 was thrust into the wagon, 
and in a moment was smothered nearly to suflocation. 
The lirsl voice 1 heard after that was, in sound, likesj)eak- 
ing through a horn, telling me 1 might l»reathe, but if I 
screamed, or made any noise, I should be choked to 
tleath. An hour j)asse(l away, I should think, without an- 
other Word being s])okcn. except '• Drive like hell 1 ."^oon 
alter this I was blinilloUled, and the wagon stopped, and 1 
should tlnnk 1 walked a half mile, as I was led by them. 
As we sioppeil the} disrobed me of all my apparel, anil as 
I was very cold 1 thought they intenileil to freeze me. I 
then i)rayed a few words aloud for a composed mind to 
meet death, and for mv children, and for tiiem. One 
spoke through a horn, or trum])et, and forbid my praying. 
1 then gave the hailing sign of distress, and also the sign 
of an Odd Fellow, and entreated them, in the most tender 
manner I was capable of, to spare my life. 

When 1 asked what thev meant, or what thev had 
against me, one said 1 was not fit to live and that was 
enough, and he tokl the other not to answer any cjuestions : 
one of them then handed me some drink, li(|uor, and 
what more I cannot tell. As I refused, they loo.sed the 
bandage, so 1 could just see a revolver and a large dirk- 
knife. I had my choice to drink or die. I drank, and 
soon felt a little sick and dizzy ; they then ordered me to 
put on my clothes, and they helj)eil me. I then spoke and 
asked them if tlicy did not see two persons when they 
pulled me into the wagon. " No," was the reply. I con- 

RKv. c;ARn\?:R dean. 33 

cealed tlic fact : they were almost out of sight. Tliey took 
all from me e.\cej)t eight dollars and my pocket-book, 
keys and pencil. I li;id ninety dollars with me: they 
robbed me of eighlv-two. just about as much as 1 received 
of Rev. S. II. Morse, the day before I left the West, as I 
sold him two notes to that amount. They were tieceivcd; 
they thought I had more money, and ordered me to stand 
still, if I did not I should Ijc shot. They then went away 
a short distance, and talked so low I could nt)t hear a word 
clearly. I should think they talked a lialf hour, and told 
me when they came back that they had agreed that if I 
would change my name and occupation, and write letters 
indicating that I ran away, and never tell or hint or insin- 
uate the doings of that night, I might live. I did not 
know, for joy. what to say. only promise unequivocally to 
all, and I do not know as I then felt that I should deceive 
them. They then went through a solemn form, swearing 
each other to do all in their ])Ower to take my life, if they 
hunted me by eavesdroj)ping, if 1 ever broke my word. 
They then brought me paper, ink, and a small board, 
looked like a lid took u{) from under the cushions of the 
wagon. They asked me if any one owed me money. 
Told them that Rev. S. H. Morse had a collection of fif- 
teen dollars for me, and he lived about twelve miles from 
my children, out West. They ordered me to write. I 
did, antl addressed George KUis, M. D. . Springfiekl X 
Roads, Pennsylvania. They told me to write to some rel- 
ative. I did. to Bro. William Trii)p, of Taunton ; and I 
think one more to New Bedford, to Kscjuire Gifford or 
Rev. J. 'I'aylor. or both. These I promised to mail, at 
All)any, a week from that time, and write one a week from 
that time, in presence of the express company, for my 
things to be .sent to .\lbany, which I did : and a letter to 
the postmaster of New Bedfortl, directing my letters to 
Albany. They then wrote a long time, as they said, and 
made me promise on my life not to look at them and see 
who they were directed to. 

There were two letters tied together, with the inscrip- 
tions inside as they were tied. In one week and one day 
I promi.seil to mail them at Albany, antl did. Then I was 


to leave to elidp wood this Winter, and to work on a fixrm 
in the Summer. As I went from place to place, before I 
got Work, I was to change niy name, and nc\er let it be 
known that I preached, lectured, or taught school. All 
they said was through a trumpet, except when I was pulled 
into the wagon. 1 hoj)e all three before this time are ar- 
rested. If they are not, death may scxm be my portion. 
I was forbid the privilege of ever having my trunk or let- 

I now think I shall go to Albany and get Rev. J. Ha/en 
to go with me to the express office, but I dont know. I 
feel better to ilie with my frientls knowing wliat has be- 
come of me, than to keep the promises 1 I'iiade that night 
thrv)Ugh tear of death. I am at the house of Mr. William 
Haver. He and his folks are very kind to me, and I did 
not, till last night, let them know my real name and occupa- 
tion ; but as the excitement in my mind has some abated, 
I believe it my duty to disregard those j)romiscs I made to 
save my life. A gentleman toki me he read in the paper 
that you had ofTered a reward for any one that would find 
nie. 1 thank you for this, and want you to write to me. to 
Schcnectad}-. whether it will be safe for me to come to 
New BedRird. 

If I had injured anyone of your city, or sought to, then 
I might write bitter things against my.self, and feel I 
was serveil right; but instead of that 1 sought daily to do 
good, not only in public but from house to I am 
some surj)rised that the promise I made that night, in con- 
nection with the fear that they would execute tlieir threats, 
shoukl keep me silent .so long ; not till last evediti I tell 
my name to any one. I wanted much to see the men or 
fiends after they took the bandage from my eyes, but I 
was told if I looked back it would be death. The one that 
took the bandage oft' stood back of me and ordered me 
to go straight forward till I came to the road, and then 
turn to the right. I did, with speed, and by going two or 
three miles I came, much to my surprise, at Assonet Vil- 
lage. Here I was much inclined to stop and tell how I had 
been treated ; but the next thought was, the penalty will 
be death : and I hastened on, beginning again to feel sick. 


I went as fast as I coukl. and near A])ollos and Levi 
IX'an's I failed for awhile: but after vomilinj^ freely I felt 
belter, and started ai;ain, lookin.Lj down over the moonliirlit 
plains of my boyhood, silently biddinfj^ them a long- fare- 
well. Oh ! what a moment was this: the recollections of 
the past, and the scenes just past, were overpower! ul,'. I 
passed your father's, and on through Taunton by daylight. 
Oh ! how I wanted to stop and sec Wilhird and Rhoda. but 
1 could not. I got cairied a few miles before I got to 
Providence, and then I took the cars. I assumed the air 
and gait of a man that would look with contempt im 
preaching, and changed my name. I came to this town 
last week, and went to choi)ping. I wisheti to tell - ! 

my real name, and write and let my friends know where I 
was. But the promises I made that night would rush over ! 

my mind, ami then I thought I should be sorry, as I was ; 

when I burned two letters they made me write — one to the i 

West for the money, and the other to Kscpiire (lilTord : ! 

both of these I wrote again, at Albany, as near as I could, 
as they made me write them, with the exception of the in- 
quiry, " how I got out of the city." This morning two } 
or three claimed me to carry me back to New Bedford to ' 
get the reward, but I refusc^l to go. I don't want any : 
money sj)ent in this way. but hope it will be freely spent ' 
in the enforcement of the licpior law. further, I think I 
shoulil be murdered the first night I should attempt to 
stop in New Bedford. Wlicn I was in their j)ower in the 
woods, they spoke the name of one person of Xew Bed- : 
ford, and it was in this way: "What did you insult Mrs. 
Kent for, d — n you." I replied, I did not. and never 
thought of such a thing ; she is a friend of mine. "So 
is the devil your friend. Ask a man at the post office if 
Mrs. Kent is your friend," was the reply, and then one of 
them demurred at such d — n nonsense, as lie called it: 
and that ended the talk for ten minutes, I should think. 

I now start to go to Albany with Mr. Haver and an- | 

other gentleman, to learn something of my things, and if j 

it will be best for me to go West, or what to do. Those \ 

three ruffians swore by all the solemnities that could enter ' 1 

the mind, that they would individually take my life before ^ 

I could possibly be in Xew Bedford twenty-four hours. i 


I feel to thank God that I am ahve, and I want to trust 
fullv in Him who is the wise cHsposer of all events, and at 
the same time I do not wish to be rash and throw myself 
into the arms of destrucUon. 

I am some unwell, and that must be my apology for 
such poor writint^. I send my respects to your family, and 
all my friends. I don't for<;et them. 

• Respectfully yours, Gardner Dkan. 

Hon. Rodney French, New Bedford, Mass. 

P. S. — I heartily thank you for your trouble. I see by 
a paper, bought here last eve, that you have been to much 
trouble ft)r me ; do write immediately on the reception of 
this, to Schenectady. If I stop all night at Albany, since 
I have told mv name and how I was brought oflf, I shall 
be murdered. 

Tuesday, Jan. 3, 1854. 

Tiiere was a great call for the Standard of yes- 
terday, containing Mr. Dean's statement. 900 ad- 
ditional copies were printed to supply tlie demand. 

Saturday, Jan. 6, 1854. 

Gardner Dean's statement. — Since the publica- 
tion of Mr. Dean's statement in relation to his dis- 
appearance from this city, Messrs. Josiah S. Bon- 
ney and Franklin Jenney have been engaged in an 
investigation of the affair. They liave furnished 
us with the following, which we lay before our 
readers, supposing it to be a matter of general in- 
terest. So far as the statement now offered is con- 
nected with Mr. Dean's account of the route that 
he took after he left the woods at Assonet, it goes 
to confirm it. Mr. Dean accompanied Messrs. 
Bonney and Jenney on their tour of investigation. 


New l^EnFORD, Jan. 6, 1854. 
Wc, the undcrsij^ned, have heard many stories 
in relation to tlie sinj^ular disappearance of Mr. 
Gardner Dean, and that he was in the city on tlie 
Thursday niglit of Dec. 15, 1853, and that lie was 
seen to pass by Smith's Mills, on Friday morninj:^. 
But after hearing his story where he was on that 
morning, we went and found, by the following, that 
his statement is true. 

Mr. Dean came to the Taunton Hotel, about 
daylight, Friday, Dec. 16, and wished for a car- 
riage to carry him four or five miles, which was 
furnished (and one dollar charged him), which he 
paid. One of J. A. Wood's men, landlord of the 
hotel, who went and drove the horse, was asked if 1 

he could identify the man he carried on the i6th. ' 

He said he could. He was then asked what horse - ^ 

and carriage he took. He said a horse we call i 

"Charley," and a chaise. He was then asked to 
step in the next room and see if the man was there. 
He went, and said, "This is the man," pointing to Mr. 
Dean. There were some five or six other men in 
the room at the time, and Mr. Dean recognized 
him as the man who carried him in the chaise. 
The man said that Mr. Dean appeared verj' cold 
and looked sick, but did not look nor act like a 
crazy man. Mr. Dean drove the horse himself 
about one mile, while the man with whom he was 
in company ran, being very cold. The man says: 
"When I left him he gave me two three-cent 
pieces. He did not appear to have much money." 

We next stopped at the house of Abel Burt, ^ 
who lives on the stage road from Taunton to Prov- f 

idence. His son-in-law, Mr. V. Hodges, says that 
"This man (Gardner Dean) stopped at the house, i 

- J 


while I was loading my wagon for Providence, He 
asked me if I was going this way, pointing towards 
Providence. I told him I was. He asked me if I 
would carry him. I told him I would, and that he 
had better go into the house until I got ready, and 
he went in. When he came out of the house, he 
said, 'They tell me there is a stage passes on this 
road, and I will go on.' I passed him some nine 
or ten miles from my house, afterwards, on the 

Mrs. l^urt, wife of Abel Burt, says she "recog- 
nized the man, Klder Dean, as the one who called 
at her house, Friday, Dec. i6th, she thinks, and 
inquired about schools. I told him we had one 
good schoolma'am, and her name was Hannah 
Dean, and I did not expect we should ever get an- 
other so good a teacher. When her name was 
called he seemed to be in a hurry, and said: *I 
will be going.' I told him there was a stage passed 
this way, and he started immediately." 

We asked Mrs. liurt how the man appeared. 
She said : " He appeared some frightened, and I 
took him for something more than a schoolmaster, 
and he looked fatigued and as though he had been 

We now passed on seven and a half miles, to the 
town of North Rehoboth, to the store of W. D. 
Jones. We went in and asked Mr. Jones if he rec- 
ollected of a man stopping at his store some three 
weeks ago, who asked permission to warm himself. 
He said that he did. We then asked him if he 
could recognize the man if he should see him. 
He said he thought he could. We then called El- 
der Dean into the store, and he immediately rec- 
ognized him to be the man. We then asked him 


(Jones) if he did not, while Mr. Dean was warminf^ 
himself, buy some combs of a peddler. He said 
that lie did. He then referred to his books, and 
found the date to be Friday, Dec. i6, 1853. We 
then asked him how Mr. Dean appeared. He an- 
swered : " He appeared as rational as any man. 
The peddler of whom I bouf^ht the combs asked 
Mr. Dean to ride with him, as he wanted company ; 
but Mr. Dean at first declined, and appeared some 
timid, but finally, after being asked the second 
time, he got into the carriage." 

W'e now pass on to Pawtucket. Carpenter & 
Colwell say: "This man (Mr. Dean) came into 
our store on or about the i6th of December, 1853, 
and exchanged his hat for a dark-colored plush 
cap ; we did not see him have much money with 
him, and we saw nothing but that he appeared 
perfectly sane." They identified the cap as coming 
from their store. We then asked for the cap, and 
they found it, and Mr. Dean purchased it and wore 
it to this city. 

Franklin Jennev, 
jo.siah s. b(jnnev. 

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 1854. 

We publish the following from the Portland Ar- 
gus, which, it was alleged, stated that Mr. Dean 
left that city in a mysterious manner, at his in- 
stance. Mr. Dean has written to the Argus in re- 
lation to the matter, which has called forth the fol- 
lowing article in that journal : 

" When the Rev. Mr. Dean so mysteriously dis- 
appeared, at New Bedford, we remarked that if it 
were the same Pmther Dean who once figured 
somewhat in Portland, he would " turn up " again. 


Wc ventured the prediction, with Christianhke de- 
sire to comfort tlie afflicted people of the city of 
New Bedford, who were dragginj^ their ponds and 
prowlin^; about marshes for his dead body, to say 
nothing of the expense of an extra poHce, $250 
reward, and great pubHc meetings. Predicated 
upon the fact that their Mr. Dean was our Mr. 
Dean, we felt safe in mingling the ' oil of consola- 
tion ' with the whale oil of New Bedford. 

" This act of philanthropy has been cruelly mis- 
represented. Not a paper has cjuoted us correctly. 
For example, the Bangor Mercury says : 

" The Portland Ar/^ns states that Mr. Dean once 
disappeared from that city in pretty much the 
same manner, and afterwards reappeared to claim 
$3,000 reward that had been offered for him in the 

*' We never said any such thing. But even Mr. 
Dean, himself, is down on us. The Boston Times 
says that, since the gentleman's return to New lied- 
ford, ' he pronounces the charge in the Portland 
Argiis, that he left that city under suspicious cir- 
cumstances, unqualifiedly false. He left the city 
in an open and public manner.' Wc didn't say 

By the above statement it will be seen that the 
Portland Argus never charged Mr. Dean with run- 
ning away from Portland. These journals, there- 
fore, which have stated otherwise, grossly misrep- 
resent the Argus" statement. Mr. Dean is anxious 
to have the Mercury give the name of the clergy- 
man in this city who informed the editor of that 
paper that he (Dean), left Portland in a private 
manner. The request is a very proper one, and 
the Mercury should give the name, now that the 
Argus' statement is proved to be a misrepresenta- 


[For the Standard.] 

A few reasons for believing the statement of Rev. 
Gardner Dean, as to his being abducted from New 
Bedford : 

No. I. — He has never, in his former life, been 
detected in falsehood or dishonesty, therefore com- 
mon sense, as well as common charity, demand ab- 
solute proof that he has been dishonest or untruth- 
ful in his statement, which proof is wanting. 

No. 2. — The general impression in New Bedford 
at the time of his disappearance tiiat he had been 
foully dealt with, or carried off, which impression 
was so general as to cause the police, acting by 
authority, with hundreds of volunteers, to search 
the city and surrounding county, as is well known. 

No. 3. — The utter improbability that he would 
peril his reputation, his calling as a Christian min- 
ister, and his character for truth and common hon- 
esty, by making a statement of this kind, unless 
founded in the truth, together with an entire ab- 
sence of motive for such a course. 

No. 4. — His apparent unconsciousness of guilt, 
which his whole manner and appearance indicate, 
and which is fully attested by those well acquainted 
with him, together with his willingness to come 
from Albany to New Bedford, the scene of his 
crimes, if we are to believe the reports that have 
been so industriously circulated against him. 

No. 5. — The fact, which is well attested, that he 
had about $90 with him, on the evening of his dis- 
appearance, which money was gone, and being 
sworn not to, or afraid to preach, and nothing bet- 
ter offering, he was compelled, notwithstanding the 
inclement season of the year, to cut wood for a 
subsistence, which fact is well attested by Mr. 



Burt, and the fact that his hands were scarred and 
bhstcred, and his being exhausted with toil and 

No. 6. — The fact that none of us know, unless 
similarly situated, and being put in peril of our 
lives, what we should do, especially if we may take 
his testimony at all in the case; that they had ac- 
complices and a conspiracy so extensive that they 
could take his life at any moment that he should 
break his oaths with them, and also his statement 
that he was willing to do anything they might pre- 
scribe to save his life, and that he was so thorough- 
ly possessed with fear that he never intended fal- 
sifying his oaths with them, and which he acted in 
accordance with, nearly up to the time of Mr. 
liurt's finding him. 

No. 7. — The attempt of the editor of the Mer- 
cury (who acknowledges that he never was ac- 
quainted with Mr. Dean), to disprove his letter to 
the mayor, by finding fault with his manner of 
writing, without going into any of the facts or argu- 
ments of the case, as any one may see by referring 
to said article. 

No. 8. — There is quite a general opinion that he 
was insane. Now the idea that he was in a ration- 
al state of mind on the afternoon of Thursday, 
rests upon the statement of a large number of. 
persons, coupled with the fact that he was in his 
right mind at daylight on the morning of Friday, 
and continued so, as far as the investigations of 
Messrs. Bonney and Jenney extended, which facts 
are proved by the testimony of all of the persons 
with whom he had intercourse; that he could in 
the interim of a few hours imagine all that he says 
took place in his statement or letters to the mayor, 
is simply preposterous. 

REV. gardnp:r dean. 43^^ 

To conclude, we pronounce all the statements 
that have been circulated in the communitj' to his 
discredit to be, at least so far as their originators 
are concerned, base and niali[;nant calumnies, and 
call upon all persons to brin^ forward the proof of 
what they have repeated aj^^ainst him. 

PiiiLTi' H. Hathaway. 

Thursday, Jan. 19, 1854. 

We, the undersigned, after mature delib'.'ration 
upon the reports industriously circulated about 
Elder Gardner Dean (havin^; obtained his consent), 
think it a duty we owe him and the cause with 
which he stands connected, to extend an invitation 
to all, and to them only, who may have evidence 
sufficient to support any charge against his moral 
or religious character, to meet us, together with 
sixteen others, at Sears' Hall, No. 13 1-2 Cheapside,. 
on Saturday evening next, Jan. 2 1st, at 7 o'clock, 
then and there to be heard. 

James Taylor, 
Cranston VVilcix, 
josiah s. bonnev, 
Franklin Jennev. 

Monday, Jan. 23, 1854. 
Meeting in relation to Mr. Dean. — The friends 
of Rev. Gardner Dean held a meeting, at Sears* 
Hall, on Saturday evening, for the purpose of hear- 
ing any charges that might be preferred against 
that gentleman's moral or religious character. -No 
person appeared against him, although the invita- 
tion to do so was made general through the press. 
The committee having the matter in charge are 
preparing a report, which will probably be pub- 
lished in the Standard to-morrow afternoon. 


Thursday, Jan. 26, 1854. 
The report of the committee on Ivldcr Dean's 
case, which was to have been published Tuesday, 
was delayed, as the report was not ready till to- 


We, the Committee, assembled in an ante-room 
of Sears' Hall, according to appointment, and or- 
ganized b\' appointing Josiah S. Bonncy chairman, 
and Philip H. Mathaway secretary. The chairman 
then remarked that the object of the meeting was 
to listen to and examine any charge or charges 
that might be preferred against Mr. Dean's moral 
and ministerial character, and called upon any per- 
son who had any charge to make, or any proof to 
ofter, in relation to reports or stories that had been 
circulated, this was the time and place to bring 
them forward, stating it was not simply Mr. Dean's 
character as a man that had occasioned this meet- 
ing, but he considered he had been useful as a 
Christian preacher, and that the cause of Christ, 
which was to him (Mr. Bonney) of more import- 
ance than any other consideration, would suffer by 
his being embarrassed in his ministerial labors by 
these reports. After waiting, and no one pre- 
ferring any charge against him. Rev. James Taylor 
remarked that from what he knew of Mr. Dean's 
character, he did not anticipate that any one would 
bring any proof of anything against him. Mr. 
Taylor also stated that he knew of his having a 
letter from a conference of churches in Ohio, 
speaking in the highest terms of his Christian and 
ministerial character, and recommending him to 
the fellowship of the churches wherever he might 
travel, and that said letter was taken at the same 


time he was robbed of his monc)', watch, etc., ac- 
cording to Mr. Dean's statement, and he was anx- 
ious to do wliat he could to replace it. After a 
discussion of the subject in connection with Mr. 
Dean's letters, a sub-committee was appointed. 
The committee then adjourned to Wednesday even- 
ing, to prepare resolutions, and to act on whatever 
the sub-committee might bring before them. 

The committee having assembled, according to 
adjournment, adopted the following preamble and 
resolution : 

Whereas, No person appearing against Rev. 
Gardner Dean, at the meeting appointed for the 
pur{)ose, and after a careful examination of the 
reports circulated in the community, wc would 
state that our confidence in his moral worth and 
integrity remains entirely unshaken, and express 
our deliberate conviction that the reports were of 
a libellous and slanderous character, originated by 
enemies, for the purpose of injuring him in the' 
confidence of the community ; therefore. 

Resolved, That we cordially extend to him the 
hand of sympathy and confidence ; and also rec- 
ommend him to the regards of Christians of every 
name; and more especially do we recommend him 
to the Christian fellowship and confidence of the 
denomination with which he is now more intimately 
connected, and trust that churches of the commun- 
ion in every part of the country will continue to re- 
ceive him as a Christian brother and preacher, 
feeling assured that no confidence reposed in him 
will be misplaced, which is in his power to pre- 

Josi.vH S. IJoxNEY, William S. Cobb, 

BkNJ. (jack, PlIILll' H. Haihaway. . 

Ebkxkzkk Kkkxe, Francis Harkison, 


Rkv. JAS. Taylor, Franklin Jknnkv, 

C'ransion U'n.cox, Thdmas Sankord, 

John Tavlok. ("has. Skari.e, 

Wn.LLVM Mii.r.F.R, Joshia B. Ashlky, 

Ahk.l Andkkws, Hknj. T. Sanfokd, 

Sqiirk SanI'ORD, W'illari) Skars, 

Squirk (iiiKORi), C'ai't. OiiKi) Shkrmax, 

LoRi'Nzo Davis, '!'hos. Dirkkk. 

Thursday, Feb. i6, 1S54. 

Wc have been shown a letter, signed by a large 
number of the most respectable citizens of Craw- 
ford county, Pennsylvania, and dated February 6, 
1854, which speaks in the highest terms of Rev. 
Gardner iJean, who is well known in that section 
of the country. Those whose names are appended 
to the letter, say: " We know nothing against his ^ 
moral or ministerial character, and we believe that 
the reports growing out of his family difficulties, 
that have been so industriously circulated by his 
enemies, are utterly false." 

We have been requested to publish the following 
certificates of Mr. Dean's standing among the 
Masons and Odd Fellows in Pennsylvania : 

[l. s] I. O. O. F. OF THE State of Penn. 
Spring Valley Lodge Room, Feb. 7, 1854. 

Whereas, Having received intelligence of the re- 
cent abduction and robbery of our worthy Brother, 
Gardner Dean, and being desirous of tendering to 
him our warmest sympathies; therefore, 

Resolved, That we have unshaken confidence in 
the character and integrity of our worthy Brother, 
Gardner Dean, and do most cheerfully recommend 
him to the fellowship and protection of the breth- 
ren of this Order wherever he may travel. 

A. H. Butler, N. G. 

Hiram Johnson, Sec. P. T. 


Whereas, We, the brethren of Western Craw- 
ford Lodge, No. 288. A. V. Masons, having re- 
ceived intclligenec of the recent abduction and 
robber}' of our worthy Ikother, G.rrchier Dean, and 
bcinij desirous of tendering him our warmest sym- 
patiiies as his brctiiren of the Masonic Fraternity; 
therefore, • 

Resolved, That we have unshaken confidence in 
the Masonic character and integrity of our l^rother, 
Gardner Dean, and do most cheerfully recommend 
him to the fellowship of the Brethren wherever he 
may travel, as a worthy Brother, tried and true. 

Lodge Room, February 6, 1854. 
CONNEAUTVILLE, Crawford Co., Penn. 

Ammi Bond, W. M. 

[l.s.] H. a. Billings, S.W. 

A. P. Foster, P. W. 

Attest: L. R. KlumI'H, Secretary. 





Kind reader: I imatrinc that you have now 
thrown down tlic book to resume reading at sonic 
future time, if ever, and say within (or witliout, if 
you are in company) : "Why did not Gardner Dean, 
on his release from these abducting robbers, have 
them arrested, or at least seek to bring them to 
punishment?" My answer is simply this: either 
tlie concoction of drugs and liquor that I was 
compelled to drink, on peril of my life, or the 
dreadful oaths that I had taken never to expose 
them, or the fear that they would put me to some 
shameful death, or all of these combined, kept me 
silent two weeks. In less than an hour after I said, 
in tears, to Mr. \Vm. Haver and family, "My 
name is Gardner Dean ; I am a minister, stolen 
out of New liedford," I was sorry, and felt that I 
would soon, in some way, be horridly put to death 
by them or their associates. Such was the deep 


anguish of my mind that it was a relief in some 
measure to chop cord-wood, some over a cord of 
hard wood per day. It will be remembered that I 
was preaching every evening; at the North Chris- 
tian church, at the time of this season of threaten- 
ing letters and smutty slander that culminated in 
my abduction and robbery. The reason of an ap- 
pointment at Allen street was because the choir of 
the North Christian church had a weekly rehearsal, 
preparatory for the Sabbath. The week previous 
to my abduction, on the same evening of the 
week, I spoke at the City hall, on temperance, for 
the same reason, not wishing that the protracted 
eftort should militate against the singing interests 
of the church and society. One Annie Moore, of 
unenviable reputation, wrote me, as one feeble and 
distressed, to call at room No. 64, Parker House, 
as she wished much to see me. I went, taking 
with me a son of Rev. Mr. Howe, and though at 
the door of her room we heard footsteps within, 

I my rap was unnoticed. I received another letter 

i!- to come alone ; that she knew my generous nature. 

!-' and would be moved to hear the story of -her 

^ wrongs and sorrows. 

I then engaged Brother Benjamin Smith, son of 
Rev. Isaac Smith, to go into the sitting-room at the 
Parker House five minutes previous to my entering 
the room, so that I could truthfully send word to 
room 64, by the waiter or porter, that I had come 
alone and would see her in the sitting-room. As 


slic put in an a{)pcarance she looked at Smitli, in 
his painters' dress (it being mid-day), with a con- 
fused scowl, and turned her frenzied eyes on nie 
and said : " You sent word to my room that you 
came alone, \'ou Cux\ d — d clerical liar!" My an- 
>wer was: "Mr. Smith came before I did; now 
shame the devil and tell me who has hired you to 
have me published to the world as holding a pro- 
tracted meeting evenings, and by day visiting a 
notorious keeper of a fancy-house at room 64, 
Parker House." She said, as she left the room in 
double-quick time. " You go to h — 1." Two days 
after this I was abducted. I like this city, and I 
live in a pleasant part of it, No. 44 Parker street. 

lUit I know that the same spirit lives in this city 
that lived in it thirty years ago this coming De- 
cember. I fear it not, for God has given me as- 
surance, in prayer, that neither the thistle blow 
aristocrat on the one hand, nor the drunken, gam- 
bling brothel scum on the other, can again deprive 
mc of my rights and citizenship of, on the whole, 
no mean city. 

I don't think I should have been abducted if my 
low, Satanic enemies could have had their stool- 
pigeon work to their liking and plans at room 
64. It affords me pleasure to know that the Parker 
House now (1882) is a good home for either per- 
manent or transient guests. The present landlord. 
Mr. Browncll, is a true gentleman, and keeps an 
excellent house. 




If not in strict chronological order, I now will 
I speak of the good meeting at the "Hub;" not 

i forgetting the kindness of the late Hon. Rodney 

il-'rench, and the entire city government of 1S53. 
and the many gentlemen who spent time and 
! money in search of me. I also thank that large 

company of true-hearted men and women, and 
many blooming youth, including many children, 
r who have ever stood by me through good and evil 


I was robbed of nearly one hundred dollars in 
cash, a gold watch, and a first-class overcoat. On 
my arrival in this city, in great fear and trembling, 
Andrew Robeson gave me a superb overcoat, far 
better than I had ever worn before. The ladies of 
New liedford gave me an elegant $100 watch, and 
the people of Mattapoisett, through the Rev. John 
I W. Hunter, invited me to come and assist in a 

I union protracted meeting, which was marvel- 

|;. ously successful, si.xty persons coming forward for 

i ' prayers in an evening. The fruitage of after years 

if showed that it was a work of divine grace. 

(■ Thanks to these people for their generous con- 

j tributions, which made up the loss caused by ni)' 

'i'/ abduction. 

I found Rev. E. Edmunds to be a pleasant man 
to hold a protracted meeting with. , He was pastor 
of the Christian church. Sea and Summer streets, 
Boston. He and his wife gave me a hearty welcome 


to their good Christian home. Several found the 
Lord and united with the churcli, and were baptized 
by the pastor. Durin^^ the nieetin<;, which con- 
tinued about three weeks, and near the close of the 
same, I preached from the text, " Run, speak to 
this young man," — Zccli., 2 : 4.. Ikothcr Royal P. 
Barr\', in charge of the Book Concern and a very 
exemplary member of the church, went from store 
to store and spoke to business men of Christ. The 
evening before I left, I preached from the text, 
" Set thy house in order, for thou shalt die and not 
live." — Isaiah jS : i. \\. the conclusion of the 
sermon he said that that met him, that he soon 
would die; and he faithfully exhorted all to be 
ready to meet God. In a few days he died, and 
was much lamented. 

In the year 1865, Rev. W. B. H. lieach invited 
me to labor a few weeks in South Westerlo. 
Here we saw a good revival. Deacon James Green 
iK\\(\ his devout family, and many others, labored 
efficiently for the spread of Gospel truth. By 
the invitation of Rev. Warren Hathaway, I preached 
several times at Medway. and enjo\'ed his hospital- 
ity and cheerful home. During the Winter of 1866, 
by invitation of Rev. Mr. Pitman, I preached the 
word at Locktown, X. J., and we were blessed with 
a revival of God's work. 

In the Spring of 1866 I accepted the pastorate 
of the Milan Christian church. Duchess Co., N. \ ., 
also the Christian church. Pine Plains. In these 


two interesting fields I was assisted by Rev. Henry 
Brown, of Freehold. Ephraim Herrick, of over 
eight}' years, was one of the converts at Milan. 
Ikothcrs R. Case, Lamoree, Henry Crandal. Dea- 
con Ikiisc, Westfall, Wiley and many others were 
deeply engaged in building up the Redeemer's 
kingdom. Quite a number were hopefully con- 
verted unto the Lord. At Pine Plains the work ex- 
tended mostly among the young brothers. Uriah 
Hicks, Jeptha Wilbur, Geo. Hicks, Benj. Wilbur, 
Samuel Hicks and others, were all of one heart 
to see the glory of God in the salvation of souls. 
Brother Brown was possessed of a heavenly water- 
ing gift, and at the same time so seasoned and ex- 
pounded the word of God, that those most advanced 
in Christian life were edified. 

From this field of so many friends, I was called^ 
in the Spring of 1868, to Westport, Bristol Count)-, 
Mass., the endeared vicinity where I first gave ni)' 
heart to God. Two brothers of blessed memory 
that I baptized that season, — Chas. Moshcr and 
Joseph Briggs, — sleep in Jesus. And since that 
time, Hon. Wm. B. Traftord has fallen asleep in 
Jesus. Geo. and Elijah Lewis, and all this family, 
have done much for the cause of God. 

Not only did Bro. Trafford give money freely, 
but he stood up for Jesus and, with a tender, invit- 
ing voice, entreated all to come to the Savior. He 
and his family always kept open doors for the peo- 
ple of God. 


Brother Hcnr)- V. Davis, who sleeps in Jesus, 
and many others, of all denominations, rejoiced in 
his Christian home. Brothers Zaccheus Gifford 
and wife. Pardon Simmons and wife, l^phraim Ma- 
comber and wife, and man\- others, have died in 
the hope of glory. 

At the head of the river, and vicinit>'. Deacon 
Benjamin Tripp and wife, William Tabcr and wife, 
\\^ Cornell, and further south, Isaac Sncll, and many 
more, all died in faith, looking for the <:,dorions ap- 
pearance of the blessed God iuid our Lord and 
Savior Jesus Christ. 

The people still further south, at the wharf, also 
miss Rev. Gideon Tripp, and Daniel and Abner 
Tripp, faithfid men of God. 

Through the influence of Rev. J. C. Ilolbrook, 
I received a call to the pastorate of the Congrega- 
tional church of West Greece, Monroe count)', X. 
Y. This pastorate of three }'ears was crowned 
with the blessing of God. It being only two miles 
from the Chrstian church of Parna, I exchanged 
with Rev. Mr. Dunlaj), and also with his successor, 
Rev. Mr. Burgdorf. The Congregationalists thought 
■very highly of these preachers, and also held the 
Christian church in much esteem. The exchange 
with Rev. A. A. Lason was also pleasant. Rev. J. 
R. Hoag delivered a lecture of much interest, and 
was well paid for it. Dr. S. B. Bradley, W'm. 
Murray, J. Pease, S. I^eebe, K. S. Castle, P. Filer, 
and many others, and Brother W. Chase, of the 



;; Christian church in the same vicinity, will ever be 

' kindl}' remembered. 

5 From West Greece I received and accepted a 

i call to the Congregational church at Harpersfteld, 

I Del., N. Y., and served a pastorate of three years, 

\ Several here found the Lord precious, and some 

i' united with the church. This church, though 

t small, owned a good meeting-house and an elegant 

I parsonage. Deacons Joseph Hubbard and I'l. G. 

5 Ik-ard were both spiritual and temporal work'crs, 

jl and the same is true of Sister Harriet Wade. John 

I Gaylord and family. Dr. Hubbell, A. Vandusen, 

I and others, were faithful and true. R. D. liaird, 

I Newton G. Peck, and Daniel Gaylord, although 

.not members of the church, were generous in its 
support. Mrs. Maynard cheerfully aided in mak- 
ing up the needed funds. Mer brother, Charles 
Merriam, and Stephen Vandusen, Esq., of the M. 
Iv. church, were ready for every good work. 
Brother John Bell, of the U. P. church, was gener- 
ous and faithful. M. S. Wilcox, Esq., and wife, of 
Jefferson, Scho. Co., also aided the good work of 
the Lord. My acquaintance with Rev. K. L. 
Richards, of the Presbyterian church, of Stamford, 
and also of Rev. O. R. Bouton, of the M. E. church, 
was pleasant. The heart goes back to this and 
other fields of labor, throbbing with emotion and 
prayer, that the Lord, in his great love, might con- 
tinue his loving kindness and save many. Oh ! 
that the prayers of Mrs. Newton G. I'cck, Mrs. 


Daniel Gaj-lord, Lillic Wade, Jonas Todd, and oth- 
ers, who sweetly sleep in Jcsiis, mit;ht be answered 
in behalf of all the people. M)- membership with 
the Ontario Association and in that of the Dela- 
ware and Oneidia Association was ver\' helpful to 

In the Winter of 1880 I accepted the pastorate 
of the Spruce Street Christian church. New Bed- 
ford, Mass., and saw some revival, and several 
joined the church. Brother Loum H. Fauncc, the 
superintendent of the Sabbath-school, and also 
Brothers 1^. 1". 11. Reed, K. E. Macomber, James 
Tripp, Daniel Jenks, He/ekiah I-reeman, John 
Chase, Herbert Potter, Deacons Thomas and 
Dyer, .ind sometimes Joshua Ashle}- and Ambrose 
Luce, and others ; Sisters Parker, Landress, Adams, 
Taber. and others. The above named brothers 
and sisters, in union with many others, by their 
zeal and readiness to work, gave much interest to 
the social, prayer and conference meetinjjs. Miss 
Annie Freeman, the organist, was faithful and at 
her post, let it rain or shine. In the dawning of 
the Summer it was my lot to baptize, at Pope's 
Island, in company with Rev. S. Wright liutler, 
several happy souls. Brother Butler's loud and 
musical voice, with tht good singers of the North 
Christian and Spruce Street churches, held the 
large congregation in a spell of heavenly enchant- 


III the Autumn of 1881 I supplied the i)ulpit of 
the Christian church at Perry Mill, Acushnet. 
The concjrcgation was not larf^e, but attentive, and 
highly appreciated the preached word of life. The 
removal by death of Deacon John Perry and wife. 
Deacon Brownell Tripp and wife, Capt. Mason 
Taber and wife, George and ICllis Mendal, and Sis- 
ter Ellis, has made a great change in that communi- 
tv. The labors of Elder Wood antl Faunce 
Greenwood, and others, are kindly remembered 
by the people. Among the good workers, tem- 
poral and spiritual, are Garrison G. IMackmar, W'il- 
liam Jennc}', George \V. Hathaway, l^ros. Whitne)' 
and Eldridge, Mrs. A. II. Snow, Mrs. Henry Allen, 
Mrs. William Hall, Miss Eldridge, Miss Emma 
Taber, Martin Gammons, and others. They have 
a commodious and substantial meeting-house (paid 
for), and have always bestowed temporal things to 
those who have imparted to them spiritual things. 

Now, this Summer of 1882, I am supplying the 
pulpit there at 2 o'clock P. M., and at Cannonville, 
New liedford, at 7 1-2 o'clock P. M. 

The meeting at the latter place is quite well at- 
tended, and the testimonies of H. Freeman, R. E. 
Macomber, and others, are listened to with deep 
inters ,t. Jacob Chase, Superintendent of the Sab- 
bath- ^-chool, and Mr. Brownell's wife, are good 
helpers in the work 9f the Lord. 

In the Winter of 1881 and 1882 I preached at 
Assonet Neck, Berkley. The meetings here were 


well attended. Benjamin Luther and wife, Mr. . jl 

McGuire and wife, Mr. Peirce, and John lioise, ' 

and others, were much engaged. The singing of I: 

l^radford Hathaway, Sister Peirce and others, was !* 

ahva\-s appropriate. j' 

Not the least of my joy in this vicinity was the j; 

welcome to the Friends' meeting, in PVeetown, near i; 

Berkley, by Brother Obediah Chase and others. i; 

Truly, we sat in the heavenly places. Job Dean, || 

of the P^all River Christian church, lives near, and - il 

there we found a welcome home; also to David Ij 

Ho.xie's, Samuel Cutlworth's, and, with all the \ 

above named and many others. At the Forge, one ;' 

mile east of Assonet Village, the Sabbath evening 

meetings were crowded. Good singing, led by |' 

Miss Gardner, D. Hi.x Cudworth, H. Clark Peirce^ \ 


Dunham, and many other brothers and sisters, who \ 

were full of heavenly zeal to serve the the Lord. | 

Some meetings one mile south of Assonet, at the . | 
Crystal l^ the boarding-home of Brother 
and Sister Booth, were of a deep interest. Ro- 
dolphus Clark, and many others, did not forget to 
give money to the preacher, that he might provide 
things honest in the sight of all men. 



In 1861, when pastor of the Christian church of . j 

Washington, Erie Co., Pa., I enlisted, with a large [ 
number of my acquaintances, in the 83d Regiment 
Pennsylvania Volunteers, Col. J.W. McLane com- 


60 exi'kriexcp:s and incidents of 

niandin^. The rc<^imcnt was encamped at Pitts- 
burg most of the three months of its enlistment, 
guarding the government works of war defence. 

We held unusually good meetings in rear of Camp 
W'righ.t, and many sought and found a Savior. 
Previous to ni}' leading into the water a soldier of 
the loth Pennsylvania Regiment, that they called 
l\Iatt, he said to his comrades, in a clear and loud 
voice: "When I enlisted for the war my dear sis- 
ter that is in Jesus, said to me, ' O Matt ! what 
will you do in the battle of war, with no Savior to 
look unto for salvation?' I could not answer her, 
and I may never see her again in this world ; and if 
any of you ever see her, tell her I shall ever be 
true to the flag of our country and the dear flag 
of the cross." 

As I led him up out of the water of the Alle- 
ghany hundreds of sweet voices sang the hymn, 
"Am I a Soldier of the Cross." Having served 
the three months of enlistment, at the call, on the 
15th of April, of our dear martyred Lincoln for 
75,000 men, I received an honorable discharge 
from the service. I then wrote to the Herald of 
Gospel Liberty, asking prayer that I might have at 
last an honorable discharge from the gospel min- 
istry at the close of life. 

Soon after being mustered out of the service I 

gave lectures in the North on the importance of 

enlistment to cut short the war by overwhelming 

numbers. At Spring Corners, Pa., after a lecture, 


one hundred enlisted from that vicinitv'. It was I 

my lot to give the welcome speech, to Gov. Cur- 
tain, at W'aterford, Erie Co., Pa. Wherever the 
Governor stopped, and said a few words of patriotic 
cheer, a new ins[)iration of hope and courage came 
over the community. He was a fluent, eloquent 
speaker, and highly esteemed and beloved by both 
soldiers and citizens. 

In the Autumn of 1846, Rev. Ebenezer McDow- 
ell and myself lectured on temperance one month 
in the city of Cleveland, O. About one thousand 
persons took the pledge, and twenty-five liquor 
dealers gave up the business. We were sometimes 
knocked down, and sometimes had a coat torn off, 
and I had my left wrist broken. 

We lectured at lUiffalo, Tonawanda, Detroit, 
Mich., and other places, with much apparent suc- 
cess, to large congregations. The volunteer sing- 
ers in all of these places did much to increase the 
attendance and general interest. The words of 
those who had suffered by drunkenness, and had 
resolved on a better life, were always hstened to 
with deep interest. Said one: " Once I was worth 
five or six thousand dollars. I became a confirmed 
drunkard, and now do chores, sometimes going 
without both victuals and drink." A young man 
said : " I kept one of the worst places in Toledo, 
and did much harm. Oh ! pray that I may be 
good." A truckman, at Detroit, said: " I used to 
have a hand-cart to carry baggage, and do little 


jobs with, and I often got drunk; but I quit, and 
now look at that $200 horse and nice dray, and 1 
have a nice house and lot all paid for. So much 
1 . for reform; and our home is one of the happiest in 

j V the world." 

I In ever)' new field of lecturing Rev. E. McDou- 

j cU would tell the story of his conversion, sub- 

I . stantially as follows: " I was brought up in Can- 

] ^ ada. At the age of sixteen I went home one night 

J very drunk, and my mother came up to my cham- 

1 ber ; and, as I lay in bed, with face down in the pil- 

low, she leaned over me, and said, as I felt her tears 
on my neck : ' O Ebenezer ! am I the mother of a 
drunken son?' and then she went down stairs. I 
grew mad, and resolved to leave home forever, the 
next day. The morning came; I went out and 
cut a hickory cane, and tied up my clothes in a 
handkerchief, and said to my father and mother. 
' I am now going oft", never to come back, and I 
never want to sec either of you again.' My father 
said : ' Ebenezer, you have been going on from 
bad to worse for some time, and I am sorry for 
you. It is not your work, although I know you are 
stout and could help us much in our old age; but 
the favor I ask is that I may pray with you, 
now, before you go.' With his hands on the 
back of a chair, he commenced. In my father's 
prayer I heard the words : ' O Lord ! Ebenezer 
may die among strangers, and no father or mother 
to care and watch over him. And Oh ! the worst 


of all is, I'^bcnczcr a drunkard, and can he have 

no jjart in the kingdom of God?' I then wanted 

liini to stop praying. I tiioiight what a good, 

noble ami courageous father, and what a good and 

loving mother I liad. I laid tlown the bundle of 

clothes and said, when father stopped praying, 

* bather, you and mother are all right, and I am 

all wrong; do pra}' the Lord to forgive and save 

me.' And I knelt, and the Lord did abundantly 

pardon me of all my sins. And by the grace of : 

God I continue unto this day a witness for Jesus." • 

I have known many quick conversions. A very \ 

hard man, in Connecticut, forbid his daughter of 
twelve years the privilege of praying on or about 
the premises. She continued to pray, and he lis- 
tened in the barn and heard her say in prayer: 
*' O Lord ! I love my pa ; do change his heart and 
save him ; if he knows I pray he will whip me, 
but Oh ! save him !" The father called her out, with 
a trembling voice, and said, as she came out: 
*' Dear and sweet daughter, pray for your ungodly 
father." And he soon rose from his knees a hap- 
py convert to Jesus. 

Not far from twenty years ago, at Searsburg, N. 
v., I saw a man take his wife by the hair of her 
head and drag her from the an.xious scat out of 
doors, in the dead of Winter, but he soon was a 
happy soul in Jesus, and, at his house, by his re- 
quest, I joined with him and his wife in prayer, 
and he was faithful to God. Rev. VV. O. Gushing, 


a faithful servant of the Lord, a few years after 
this, when pastor of the Searsburg church, wrote 
me about the faithfuhiess of this same man. 


About the year 1862, when holding protracted 
meetings, by the invitation of Rev. John Taylor, 
of Westerly, R. I., the idea possessed me, when 
preaching a sermon, to awake a man who was 
soundly sleeping, three or four pews from the pul- 
pit. So I told the following story: "A young 
man of sixteen summers had found the love of 
Christ to be precious to his soul, and said to his 
pious father, ' Why did you not tell me how good 
religion is?' Said the father: ' My dear son, I have 
been telling you about it all my days.' The son 
answered : ' Why did you not speak as when you 
say, ' The cows are in the corn '?' " I said it in my 
loudest key-note, and the sleeper arose in fright, 
with hands up, and turned completely round in his 
pew to learn what had happened. The congrega- 
tion exploded with uproarious laughter, and 
Brother Taylor jammed his handkerchief into his 
mouth to stifle mirth, and became red and purple 
in the face. Capt. Kcan was struck under power- 
ful conviction, and was born of the spirit at 8.30 
the following evening, which was the first fruit of 
a powerful reformation. I preached thirty consec- 
utive evenings, and had no public contribution for 


my remuneration. The da\- I bid farewell to Wes- 
terly, I^rother Taylor took me into his buggy, and 
in the good-bye hand shaking, some would leave 
in my hand one, two, three, four and five iloUars, 
which amounted to over one hundred dollars in 
cash. The donation that followed this revival, for 
Brother Tajlor. as pastor and sexton of the ceme- 
tery, amounted to several hundred dollars. 

Brother Taylor was a weeping preacher. He 
had powerful lungs, and a genuine Yankee nasal 
twang, that was far more agreeable than offensive. 
When walking pensively, in the Winter, in his fine 
broadcloth cloak, he looked dignified, spiritually 
unearthly and solemn. He now sleeps in Jesus. 

"Tranquil in the midst of alarms, 
Death found him in the field ; 
A veteran, resting on his arms, 
Heneath the red cross shield. " 


While the Lord blessed the preached word in 
the bounds of the Western Christian conference, 
not far from the vicinity of Ashtabula, O., say 
twelve miles south, in an evening meeting, at a 
school-house, I saw fit in a sermon to relate the 
following anecdote, to rebuke, in some respects, 
those that would be ready to speak in meeting and 
live bad lives ; and also to show that sometimes an 
unconverted man's testimony was over-ruled by 
the Lord for good : 



"There was a man, in the State of New York, 
who was very fond of a Uttlc rye ; and he said to his 
wife, ' I'm ^oing to meeting, to-night, and speak.' 
Said his wife: ' Oh, don't, daddy; you have been 
drinking some toddy to keep out the heat, when 
you was digging taters ; and then it would be just 
Hke old Deacon Henry to call on a magistrate. Oh ! 
don't go to-night.' ' I shall go ; and if old Peters 
I speaks, I shall speak, for I can prove by the 

I Hotchkiss that he has stolen some turkeys and 

sold them to the hen man, this forenoon ; and if 
he speaks, I'll speak.' True to his word, he went 
to the meeting, and, during the good meeting, Pe- 
ters spoke, and wound up his testimony with the 
following words: 'Oh! that I had the wings of a 
dove, then would I fly away and be at rest.' 
'Wouldn't turkeys' wings answer all purposes?' was 
the short, stunning speech of his neighbor, that 
never was known to spepk before or since in a re- 
ligious meeting." As I related the above the con- 
gregation seemed to explode with laughter. 

That night I homed with Deacon Luke, and he 
said the turkey wing story hit the minister's son, 
for Jim or Bill had of late been stealing turkeys. 
I said to Brother Luke, " I am sorry, now, that I 
happened to tell that anecdote, for I have notes to 
the amount of $90, against Rev. O. B." " How 
did that happen?" "It happened in this way: 
Said the man that I bought the notes of, ' Now, 
Elder Dean, as you are on the way to hold a pro- 


tractcd meeting at the Bulles neighborhood, I want 
you to buy these notes, for ICIder li. will pay you, 
as }'ou are a brother minister, and I want to help 
you, and so will make a discount.' So I paid 
down the cash for the notes, and will go, to-day, 
and see lUotherB." I did, and as I told my busi- 
ness. Elder B. said: "I am sorry, Brother Dean, 
you bought those notes against me. I shan't pay 
them, and you cannot get anything by law, for I 
have taken the benefit of the act." Said I to him : 
"Was it one of the Acts of the Apostles?" Said 
Sister B. : " Don't talk about the Acts of the Apos- 
tles, you going round the country shaving- notes. 
It was bad enough for our son to steal the turkeys 
without you twitting about it last night in meeting." 
I assured her that the theft of her son was un- 
known to me when I told the story, and was 
sorry that I happened to tell it. By threaten- 
ing to bring Elder B. before the conference, I suc- 
ceeded in getting for the notes a blind horse, val- 
ued at $45, one-half the face of the note. I sold 
the horse and a buggy for a note to run two years, 
the amount being about $100. Said note I sold 
to Rev. S. H. Morse, for cash, and when I was ab- 
ducted, I was robbed of that money. For a long 
time I felt but little inclined to tell stories when 

During my pastorate of the church on the cor- 
ner of County and Allen streets, New liedford, 1 

ll . 


agreed on an exchaiif^c with Rev. William ShurtlefT, 
of Providence, R. I. I arrived in due season, on 
Saturday ni[^ht, and on Sabbath morning called to 
:' see the family of Brother S., and lo ! lie stood at 

i; the glass, shaving, and said: " J^rother Dean, I am 

'; ii^^^^ to see you ; but you have made a mistake in 

|: the Sabbath. Next Sabbath is the day of our ex- 

change." I immediately drew from my pocket a 
memorandum, and convinced him that the mistake 
was his. He said it was all working right. There 
was a good sign of a revival in his church ; and as 
it was impossible for him to drive to New Bedford, 
he would have the pleasure of hearing me preach, 
and the mistake could be explained when I went 
back to New Bedford. My hurried answer to him 
was, " I will go now and explain." He said, 
'* There is no chance — no cars running to-day." I 
bid him good-bye, and went to the depot, and en- 
gaged two strong sons of the Emerald Isle to take 
me, with all speed, to New liedford. I arrived as 
the bells were tolling the people into the churches, 
and a quick-moving hack conveyed me to the 
church in time to explain, and also preach the 

While explaining, I cheerfully informed the con- 
gregation that by the kindness of two members of 
the Roman Catholic church, I had been conve}'ed 
back to the city on a hand-car, without money and 
without price. As I arrived at the depot I handed 
them a five-dollar bill, and they refused to take it. 


and said I was welcome for the ride. It occurred 
to me that they expected a more generous offer 
on my part, and I then handed them ten dollars, and 
they refused it. I then said, " "\'ou must take pay 
for this hard work for me. I am havin<^ good pay, 
at tlie South Christian church." Tliey assured me 
that it would be wrong for them to take money for 
the ride that they had given me. lirother Josiah 
Bonney said : " I do not know of any Protestant 
brothers that would do any better than that for a 
Catholic priest." 

Whenever my mind reverts to Dr. Channing's 
" Essay on h'enelon," I am reminded of the hand- 
car ride, and those kind brothers. 


In the year 1847 or 1848, about the time that 
President John Q. Adams died, I was preaching, 
with good success, in the State of Pennsylvania, at 
Powerstown. I was invited to pronounce a eulog}' 
on the life of Adams, and did. Rev. J. E. Church, 
of Spring, offered prayer, and in that prayer he 
said : " May our brother open his mouth wide, and 
Thou wilt fill it." In this way the text became a 
theme of thought. In about four weeks after, when 
holding a protracted meeting, and during the 
season of testimony, a pause came. I said, in a 
full, round voice, "God cannot lie, and he has said in 
in his holy word, ' Open your mouth wide and I will 


70 p:xrERiKNCEs and inxii)Ex\ts of 

it.' " A very tall man arose and opened his mouth 
more widely than anythinj^. of the kind I had ever 
seen. His countenance looked firm and hopeful, 
and a large congref^ation looked expectant and 
earnest to hear from the unconverted tall man that 
!j • had no palate. When about three minutes had 

passed away, his countenance seemed to change to 
a pale, despairing sadness, and he resumed his seat 
without saying a word. At the close of the meet- 
ing his wife gave me an invitation to call on them 
the next morning without fail. I promised I would, 
and did. She received me and wept profuseh-, 
and as I was about to inquire the cause of her 
grief, her husband came in with a hard, angry 
look, and demanded the chapter and verse com- 
manding one to open the mouth wide. I asked for 
the Bible, and I read to him the words found in 
Psalm 8i, verse lo. 

He said : " I proves! that scripture, last night, to 
be one big d — d lie." I kindly said, " Did you try 
I to speak." He, in a rage, said, " No ! I opened 

!< my mouth wide, and you know it don't read, ' try 

to speak.' Now what in h — 1 did you quote such 
d — d scripture as that for? you G — d d — d son of 
a b — h !" and he made for me. I am sure that 
neither before nor since did I ever make so quick 
time in shaking the dust from my feet. 



Near the banks of tlic " nii_L;ht\- Susquehanna," 
in an evening meeting, a brother and his three sis- 
ters sang a new and unusual song, paraphrased 
from the " Songs of Solomon." The repetitions 
of the words " Stay me with flagons," upset the 
devotional feelings of Father T., and he relieved 
himself as follows: " Wa'al, brethren and sisters, 
I've hadcu'rus feelings in this meeting. My darter's 
second cousin has been visiting at our house. 
Wa'al, she lives in Chicago, and I'd hcarn of how 
proud and stuck up they was in those big sucker 
cities. Wa'al, she told my darter Ruth, bless God I 
Ruth is here. Wa'al, she told Ruth, in grander 
churches, thet the)- had only four singers, and thc\' 
called them a quartertet choir. My brethren, I 
don't want to hurt feelings, but I must do my duty. 
I promised God w^hen I herd the joyful sound, 
when our brother was stretching out the doctrine 
to justification, that I would be faithful, and thanks 
be to God ! I don't fear the face of Clay. 'Tother 
day, when I weaned my caf, I felt batl, and pitied 
the poor caf, because he could have only tu tcts. 
Now, my brethren, and sisters, God knows I'm 
honest; I can't stand quartertet singing. Oh! dear 
me. Last Sunday, tu weeks, that high-larnt man 
red to us a paper sermont, and Brother Mucking- 
hopp's son, thet's ben off tu cademy, praised it up 
as though it were a power of preaching ; but I call 


all that larnt stuff quartertet preaching. Brethren, 
we want pleiit)' of milk, that the children may grow 
and thrive. Vou know the postle says, 'The sincere 
milk of the Lord;'" and as he took his seat he 
commenced singing, in double-quick time: 

"( )h I happy is the man 

Who has chosen wisdom's ways, 
Antl measured out his span 
To (jod in prayer and jiraisc. " 

ll Sister Peters arose and spoke in favor of the tes- 

timony of Brother T., and wanted them " all to 
sing in the spirit, and live humble before the Lord. 
You know, my brethren, that Jesus rode into Jeru- 
salem on a very long-eared animal ;" and before she 
was seated, she sang in a sweet, loud voice : 

" Keep your lamps trimmed and a burning. 
Keep your lamps trimmed and a burning 
For the end of time." 

That ended quartette singing in that community. 



Rev. Henry K. White, of Mattapoisett, was a 
young man of more than usual ability. We became 
acquainted a year previous to my becoming a 
Christian. He happened to be at home, for a night, 
where I boarded as a school-ieacher. He was 
faithful in advocating the cause of his Lord and 
master; and when he sought, in a careful way, to 


briiif; mo to Christ, I kindly informed him that I 
had thoiit;iit some of being a Christian, l)iit for the 
present I had given it uj:). 

After we retired for the night, lie said this, that 
somehow caused much uneasiness to my mind: 
" Tlien, Mr. Dean, for the present \'ou have given 
up loving or obeying the dear Savior of men." 
He could not have been much more than twenty 
years of age at his death. The last visit we had 
together was at Brother Parker's, and after tea we 
walked on the beach, and he said : " They tell me 
I shall get my health by going South, but they are 
mistaken. I am going South to die, and we will 
now take the parting hand, to meet in another 
world ; and," said he, as he held my hand, " Oh ! 
my dear brother, ever be faithful as a Christian and 
servant of the Lord ; and in the happy world to 
come we will have more millions of happy years 
to enjoy together, than there arc drops in the 
ocean or sands on the shore." 

His beautiful and consistent Christian life is still 
felt where he was known, and this world was made 
better by his having lived in it a few fleeting 

" No mother smoothcil his dying bed. 
No father watched with anxious eye ; 
No brother's hand supports his head, 
No weeping sister saw him ilie. 



j • " But stranj^ers closed his eyes in death, 

When ilic last strugp;le set him free ; 
And heard him, with his parting breath, 
Say, ' Lord, I trust in thee.' " 


During our late war, in mid-Summer, I attended 
the anniversary at Meadvillc. I called and pro- 
cured refreshment at a Dutch home. As I paid in 
scrip I remarked that it was not like Southern 
scrip. My host wished to know " why ish it not 
like Southern scrip?" I replied, that the Southern 
scrip did not know that its Redeemer lived. He 
said: " Mine Got! I'll get mine shot-gun," and as 
he went for it and came toward me, I drew a re- 
volver, and he said : " You are a gentleman. I 
liquor sometimes;" and his frou, much frightened 
and excited, with her skirts tidily and highly 
pinned up, commenced singing: 

" Keep your lamps trimmed and a burning, 
Keep your lamps trimmed and a burning 
For the end of time. "' 


In the year i<S36 I saw and heard the celebrated 
Rev. \Vm. E. Channing, D. D., at Eall River, at a 
meeting to commemorate the liberation of many 
thousands of slaves in the British Islands. 

Wendell Phillips, a popular and rising young 


orator, saw fit, in his eloquent speech, to denounce 
the opposers of freedom. 

Dr. Channin<jj was called for, and he responded, 
making the best speech that I ever heard. One 
statement in that speech I can never forget. " My 
enemy cannot harm me unless I drink of his spirit; 
when I drink of his spirit he has succeeded — he has 
poisoned me." His manner was easy, dignified and 
graceful ; his articulation was clear, distinct and 
musical, while his countenance was sweet, vener- 
able and highly interesting. It seemed to say to 
me, in the mystic language of love and wisdom, 
" Be wise and good." 

In the year 1846, when studying a few months 
at the Meadville Theological School, I, with other 
students, conducted religious meetings in private 
dwellings and school-houses. It happened near 
Cleckncrville, where so unusual an interest sprang 
up that the opposite spirit, in the form and style of 
bitter sectarianism, became warm and rampant. 
One evening, after I had preached from the words 
in John i i, 39, " The Master has come, and calleth 
for thee," the entire congregation were in tears, 
and some sobbed aloud. I immediately asked the 
congregation to rise and sing, " Come, ye sinners, 
poor and needy;" and from twenty to thirty came 
forward and bowed for prayers. As liberty was, as 
usual, extended for all denominations to join in 
prayer, song and testimony, it followed, of course. 

\\ 7fi exp?:riences and incidents of 

that the nicctinfTs would liave a iliversity of gifts 
and manifestations. A very bitter sectarian saw fit 
to improve it, and he prayed with himself: " O 
Lord ! thou knowcst we can act the hypocrite and 
pick out i^ood texts, and take the time-honored 
ordinance of bur>-ing the people in baptism, and so 
deceive the people. Oh ! have mercy, mighty God. 
The whitewashed deists that deny the blood of 
Christ are deceiving the very elect. O Lord ! O 
Eternal Jesus Christ! very God, and very man: 
if there is any good in these meetings we arc 
very glad. But Oh ! we awfully fear that the Devil 
has transformed himself into an angel of light. O 
Lord ! wc read, we should not take them into our 
houses, nor bid them God speed. Oh ! they prom- 
ise liberty, and they are full of corruption and 
dead men's bones. Oh ! how they will scream in 
the day of judgment. Rocks and mountains fall 
i on us and hide us from the face of the Eternal 

I Lamb. Oh ! have mercy. All this we ask for 

Christ's sake. Amen." 



I well remember, although very young, the or- 
ganization of the Sabbath-school in my native 
town, Berkley, Bristol Co., Mass. Rev. Thomas 
Andrus was the honored pastor of the Congrega- 
tional church, the only church in the town, A no- 
tice having been given by the venerable pastor, from 


the venerable And sacred -pulpit, that I never dared 
to enter, even on tcnvn-mectin^ days (in that meet- 
ing-house I cast my first vote), a large number 
came together, and the school was duly organized. 
Oh ! the niemor}- of these bright and merry boys 
and girls. Among that number were: Job Dean, 
Storrs Andrus, Cyrus Hathaway, Susan Crane, 
Maria Andrus, Shepherd Newhall, William l^abbit, 
Celia French, Joseph Burt, Phrona Burt, William 

C. Fox, Jabez Fox, Fanny Newhall, Sally Babbit, 
Elisha Crane, Shadrach Hathaway, Ebenezer Hath- 
away, Barney Fox, Sumner Briggs, John O. Burt, 
and if not at the organization, soon after, Charles 

D. Burt, Silas l^urt, Rhoda and Nancy Dean, Wal- 
ter Nichols, Franklin Dean, Abial and Daniel 
Crane, James Henzey. My father's farm was some 
over a mile from the meeting-house, hence the 
scrubbing of us children began immediately after 
breakfast. As the lower part of the farm lay with- 
in twenty rods of where the tide ebbs and flows, 
twice in twenty-four hours, we children had a 
strong drawing for the water and the beautifid 
shore of "Taunton Great River." Here could be 
seen the celebrated Dighton Rock, and in Autumn 
the best quality of wild or natural grapes grew in 
abundance. In the Spring the swamp apples had 
some attractions. But, on the whole, the desire to 
find sweet and beautiful babies was the high ideal. 
We were taught by our good and lovely mother 
that we all had our origin in hollow trees that had 



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an opening at the bottoai. and also stumps which 
j\ ' had much size and a large quantity of stump dirt. 

A colored girl, by the name of Maria, showed 
II me, one Sabbath morning, the unseemly and in- 

ferior stump where I Vvas found on one of the hot- 
test days of Summer, by digging down one foot. 
There being some quite large hollow trees and 
stumps, I felt very unpleasant, and was sorry, 
thinking I never could be anything in the world. 
I think if I then could have known the good say- 
1 ing of Christopher Columbus, that " It is more 

commendable to build up a good house than to 
boast of descending from one," I should have en- 
joyed a brighter pathway, and the world would 
have looked less sombre and gloomy. It is well 
that no false teaching can totally eclipse the bright 
creations ; and the fairy castles and immortal Vis- 
ions of light and beauty which are natural to the 
young. It was in these waters that I learned to 
swim, swim under water, on my back, and lay and 
float in a horizontal position, and in a moment be 
raised upright, turn a summersault, and then spout; 
sink, and remain so long submerged that my five 
brothers, Franklin, Walter, Samuel, Lafayette and 
John, would fear that the cramp had seized me. 
and that I had "shuffled off this mortal coil." 

These boyish and jolly times at the shore no 
doubt gave pain and fearful apprehension to 
father and mother, who watched over us with 
eyes only less sleepless than the eyes of God. 


Our three dear sisters, Rhoda, Nancy and Annie, 
never gave us an encouraging word to resort to 
the river and learn to swim. Tlie reasonable fear 
that one, sonic, or all, of us might find a water}' 
grave, cast a somewhat melancholy sadness over 
their otherwise comely and bright faces. The 
peril was great in going " far bej'ond our depth." 

If life be a blessing, as wc are inclined to think 
it is, these youthful sports were, in after years, the 
means of prolonging my life. In the Spring of 
1834, I sailed before the mast, under the command 
of Capt. Tamerlain lUirt, from Berkley liridge to 
Bay River, N. C. One evening, in a calm, we 
briskly plied the oar, and a fair breeze sprang up 
so suddenly that we hurriedly shipped our oars. 
As A. Negus was making the boat fast to the 
schooner, I attempted to get on board, but fell be- 
tween the boat and the schooner. I must have 
gone down a fathom. When I came up the 
schooner seemed a long distance from me. My 
boots were ver)' heavy, and I swam a rod or more 
towards the vessel, that was coming about. Negus, 
in his excitement, had tied a bad knot, and was not 
composed enough to cut it away with his knife, or 
else he wished me to drown, and I never knew 
which. So I swam the best I could till he came 
near, and the joy that I was saved from a watery 
grave so unmanned me that I went down again. 
As I came up, and he seemed in no hurry to save 
me, I said : " Lord, have mercy on me. O Lord ! 


I save me! As quick as I was taken aboard the 

; boat I regretted the words I had spoken in prayer. 

I I knew the ridicule that must soon follow, and I 

, was not mistaken. Immediately after I had put 

on a suit of dry clothes I happened on deck, and 
the jolly mulatto cook of thirty corn plantings of 
age, sung out: " Garn, when are you going down 
in a diving-bell to find the Almighty Lord God of 
old Neptune?" Negus and Brightman, before the 
mast, like myself, hated him, and as he was a pet 
with the captain, we should have shed for him no 
tears if he had gone overboard in rough weather. 
When I arrived home, and Captain l^urt told how 
near I had come to being drowned, there was much 
rejoicing that I had escaped death. One day Miss 
Sarah Ann Burt, a step-daughter of Jabez Fox, 
and mother of Judge Fox, of Taunton, said kind- 
ly and with a beseeching look : " Gardner, Captain 
Burt has told me how near he came to losing you. 
The Lord has spared you to love and serve him." 
I quickly arose and left her, to talk with mother 
and sisters, and in secret poured out my tears, 
feeling if I did not obey that call I should be lost 

I highly respected and venerated her, and when, 
not long since, I heard of her death, I sought a re- 
tired place to weep and pray. She was well 
formed, physically, mentally, morally, with a beau- 
tiful countenance combined with graceful manners, 
and a voice of music, the memory of which calls 


forth the fair and sunny scenes of youth before niy 
brow was clouded with dark and heavy sorrows. 

The thouLjht of her sinless life, and that the 
crawling worms revel and riot in those beautiful 
eyes, that sparkled like dewdrops on the morning 
flowers, serves to remove the film, the scales, that 
the grave things of time, with its cares had formed ; 
and with distinct and clean visions I see the sweet 
face of mother, and hear again, with delight, her 
charming lullaby voice, the dignified face of father, 
the murmuring brook, the shining river, the white 
sails and sandy shore, the emerald fields, with dai- 
sies decked, the robin and bobolink, school and 
church, and moonlight walks, are all resurrected in 
dear and fond memories of life and beauty, aftbrd- 
ing the mind joy and happiness. 

In the Autumn of 1835 I shipped on board of a 
fore-and-aft schooner bound to North Carolina. 
As she was to carry several shingle weavers I de- 
sired much to go, especially as my friend, Wm. C. 
Fox, uncle of Judge Fox, of Taunton, was going 
as one of the crew. I talked with father, and he 
left it all with me to go or stay. I went down to 
the bridge and shipped for sixteen dollars per 
month, and was paid one month in advance, and 
went home with a joyful, quick step, elated with 
my good luck. 

But my joy was turned to sorrow when mother 
began to weep. Her lamentation was so great, and 
her pleading and persuasion so tender and loving. 


that I yielded to comfort her and dry up those 
i tears. I carried back the sixteen dollars of advance 

money, and informed Capt. Darius Ncwhall that 
I should not c,fo, and I did not, Capt. Newhall kind- 
ly releasing me. After the lapse of some months 
it passed from lip to lip that the vessel and all on 
board were probably lost. And so it proved to 
be. I'rom the day she sailed down to the present 
time she and all on board have never been heard 

About six months from the time she sailed, dear 
mother said to me : " Gardner, I did not know that 
the Lord was so near to me. He showed me, b)' 
his holy spirit, that if you went in that vessel you 
never would come back. I have not lived good 
and holy as I should have done, but I am trying 
every day to live a Christian. May you ever be 
good, and fear and love the Savior, and in the 
I world to come have eternal life." 

I A few months after this my father and mother 

witnessed my ordination, at Assonet, and much 
admired the sermon that Rev. Charles Morgridge 
preached on the occasion. 


It fell to my lot, some years ago, to preach two 
weeks at Finesville, N. J., by invitation of Rev. O. 
I E. Morrill. The meeting-house where I preached 

e was owned by Christians, Presbyterians, Metho- 


ilists and Lutherans. As only one Sabbath in 
the iiKMith belongoci to the Christians, notwith- 
staiitiing a good rL\i\-al iiad coninicnccd, we liad 
to be at the pleasure of the Methodists for the oc- 
cupanc\' of the Sabbath following the Christian 
Sabbath, wliicli, if m\- memory serves, was the 
second in the month. A crood old Methodist sis- 
ter used her influence for us to continue and oc- 
cupy the ^Methodist Sabbath. Sister Fine, the 
mother of James Fine, who married a daughter of 
Rev. Mr. Morrill a \'ear or so subsequent to this 
meeting, said to me that her choice was that James 
had better remain in an unconverted state than be 
converted in the Christian meeting, and be bap- 
tized by Elder Morrill. 

Eternity alone will disclose the great and 
dreadful evil of sectarian bigotry. All within 
the village, and within the radius of three miles, 
one minister could visit and feed, and do better for 
the cause of Christ than these rival interests, with- 
out union ; add to this three pastors, each skilled 
in some other field of sectarian tactics. 

The unconverted see that there can be no hearty 
watching for their souls while so much zeal is 
manifest to detract and pull down others. 
"For modes of faith let .senseless bigots fight. 
He can't be wrong whose life is in the right." 



Rev. Mrs. E. Edmunds said to me, on a bright 
Spring morning: "Brother Dean, I want you 
I , to go and hear Thomas Starr King. He preaches 

the Thursday sermon to-day, in compHance with 
an arrangement of our good Unitarian brethren." 
I went and listened to the youthful orator, and I 
was highly delighted. His sermon was in matter 
and style calculated to take the blues out of me. I 
felt conscious while he was speaking that it was 
my duty to open my mouth wide and God would 
fill it. Ps. 8i. 10. 

By that sermon I seemed to be entranced, and 
caught up into better thoughts, and life seemed 
less stale and gloomy, and more earnest and real, 
and more desirable than before. I did not de- 
sire to imitate him, but I knew that he had im- 
parted to me spiritual strength. 

There was a perceptible increasing interest in 
ni)* communications in public. It seemed to me 
then, and I think now, that his speech and spirit 
called forth some latent capacities for well doing, 
affording a stimulus to spend and be spent for the 
good of mankind. The words of St. Paul, " I am 
debtor to both Jew and Greek," and "No man liv- 
eth unto himself," appeared very sweet and true. 

i To preach Jesus and the resurrection was my meat 

I and drink. 



"In the desert let me labor. 

On the mountain let inc tell 
How he died, the blessed Savior, 
'Jo redeem a world from hell. " 

He was elegant in person, endowed with agreeable 
manners combined with a graceful delivery, and, 
when holding forth the word of life in the moving 
tones of a heavy, musical voice, old things passed, 
and all things became new : and thus, at his pleasure, 
he led us into green pastures, by the side of still 
waters ; and, then, carrying us away in the spirit, 
we held companionship with the holy prophets and 
apostles, the noble army of martyrs ; and with un- 
clouded vision we saw the innumerable company 
of every kindred, tongue and people. 


I have in my mind a young minister of the Gos- 
pel of Christ, who gave unusual promise of much 
usefulness. He could preach, pray and sing to the 
edification of the most refined and cultured of our 
land. He heard some able and influential persons 
say that the stimidus of liquor improved the pro- 
ductions of literary men. The moderate drink that 
he indulged in, he fancied, did him much good. 
During the years of our late war he sometimes 
was seen reeling in the streets. His family was 
broken up, and subsequently he became a de- 
bauched and confirmed drunkard. 




Can anything be done to prevent a repetition of 
such a calamity? Both precept and example are 
good, and lead many to shun the intoxicating 

But the great work of to-day is to educate the 
community to believe in the power of the Gospel 
of Christ. 

The present license system is a prodigous evil ; 
it is " framing mischief with law." No revenue from 
its sale can ever atone for the dreadful evil 
wrought and entailed upon the community. The 
doctrine that we may do wrong that good may 
come or be done, is false and pernicious. 

The supply of liquor creates a demand for it. 
When a village has no supply of pineapples there 
is no call for them ; but let them be seen and they 
will be called for — the supply creates a demand. 
The sight and smell of alcoholic drinks creates a 
demand, and although a drinking man has become 
i temperate by living where the sale of liquor is 

prohibited, he has been known to resume his old 
habit when he can easily obtain it. 
1 We may well ask, " How is that? Did he not 

I know that a temperate life was preferable to an 

I unsteady life?" He did; but the appetite that 


was dormant, and was in abeyance when no liquor 
was in sight, or easy of access, became aroused at 
the sight and smell of the pernicious drink. Well 
did Solomon say, *' Wine is a mocker, strong drink 



is raffing; and he that is deceived thereby is not 

Men have resolved, and re-resolved, that they 
would abandon the delusixe stuff forever. But it 
was all to no purpose. Ten years ago, in the }'ear 
of grace 1872, I, with my family, never rode from 
Lisle, Broome Co., N. V., to Hunt's Corners, to 
preach the word of life, without feeling a shudder. 
We passed a home where the work of nmi drink- 
ing had done its perfect work. The most hard- 
ened wholesale or retail dealer could ask for no bet- 
ter fruit. A man, all right and clever to live with, 
with the exception of a love o( alcoholic drink, 
went home drunk and told his son, a young man 
in his teens, that he had got tired of living and 
that he wanted his head cut oft", then and there ; 
" and you, my son, shall do it." The father laid 
his head on the chopping log, commanding his 
son to do the deed. The son remonstrated, and 
plead, and demurred in vain. Said the father: 
"You can have your choice. If you don't cut my 
head off, I will cut off j'our head. You know 1 
mean what I say." And the son there and then, 
with an axe, cut off his father's head. Under the 
circumstances, the son was not adjudged guilt)' of 
murder. If the liquor dealers were as mean in 
Broome county as I found several to be in i?>46. 
on the Canada shore, opposite the city of Detroit, 
they must have mourned for the old man's death, 
and set up a general howl, squealing like a rac- 


coon in a steel trap, because their till could be no 
longer replenished by the old man's cash. 

It is amusing to witness some of the freaks of 
men and women that imbibe. In Canton, Onon- 
daga Co., there lived a man, twenty years ago, 
that went home over seas; and as his good wife, 
who had not been to the tavern, but to a good 
prayer-meeting, raked open a hot bed of coals to 
replenish it with wood, her husband, feeling 
cross from drinking large drinks of various 
sorts of liquor, saw fit to pour two quarts 
of water into the stove to extinguish the fire; 
and he, by the rising steam and ashes, was 
thrown on his back. His good wife said : "John, 
are you dead?" " No, but I ought to be," was the 
reply. The fire, steam and ashes frightened the 
devil out, and a kind, gracious and merciful God 
put his grace in. When I preached there he would 
•see that the meeting-house was lighted and warmed 
in the most inclement and stormy weather. When 
holding a protracted meeting, by the wish of Rev. 
Ezra Marvin, at Plainville, ten miles from Canton, 
our soundly converted brother spoke ; and as he 
resumed his scat lirother Marvin said: " Glory to 
God ! Brother John. I thought the devil had you 
for certain ; but, praise the name of the Lord, you 
are redeemed. Oh ! be faithful, and may your vow 
ever abide in strength." 

In my boyhood I was often made unhappy by 
witnessing the evil effects of stimulating liquors. 


A man of Assonet Neck once went to mill for us, 
when father was unwell, and I accompanied him to 
Assonet. On our return home we had to meet 
with some bare ground. A thaw was rapidl)' melt- 
ing the snow, and as the driver was the worst for 
liquor, he outrageously bounded at the noses of our 
two-year-old steers, that I called mine, because 
they could not draw the sled up a hill on bare 
ground. The steers bled freely at the nose, and 
lowed and gave such' a beseeching and pitiful look 
to me, of ten years, that I knelt down on the snow 
and cried unto the Lord, and asked him, in a loud 
voice, to kill J. T. The initials of this man were 
J. T. D. I told of the hard time we had in get- 
ting home, and also told that I prayed, and how J. 
T. said, with an oath, if T would stop praying he 
would carry the bags up the hill; and he did. 

Mother said, " That prayer I think will be an- 
:5wered some da)' (though I may never live to see 
if), in this way: God will kill him and make him a 
Christian." And when a devout sister, some years 
subsequent to mother's death, preached at Assonet 
Neck, J. T. D., with others, became obedient to 
the faith. Assonet Village was noted, in those 
days, for abounding in all kinds of liquor, espe- 
ciallv New ICngland rum. 

The reform has been great, and indicates what 
can be done in other sections. Fort}' years or 
more ago a good brother, in the State of Ohio, 
wished me to act for him as clerk when he 


was at his meals ; and a lover of whiskey 
was in the habit of coming in and helping 
himself to a drink. I saw fit to put the lamp i)il 
cask where the whiskey cask had stood. As he 
came into the store I feigned to have business in the 
back part, that screened me from sight. I put in 
an appearance as soon as I thought he had treated 
himself. As I came in he gave me a mingled look 
of sorrow, hatred and despair, started quickly out, 
and began to discharge from his mouth large 
quantities of genuine lamp oil. It was never my 
privilege to see that man again. 

When holding a protracted meeting in one of 
the large villages of Ontario Co., N. Y., I went 
from house to house to instruct and encourage in 
the way of the Lord. After prayer, in a certain 
house of elegance and comfort, a good reformed 
man began to cry, and told me he could not de- 
ceive me. In tears, and with trembling emotion, 
he said : " I am a murderer ! When I was drunk 
I whipped my dear son to death, and buried him 
in my garden. But murder will out, and it soon 
became known. O ye minister of Christ ! the Lord 
has forgiven me, and I know I love the Lord, be- 
cause he first loved me. Do pray for me that I 
ever may be thankful and hold out faithful to the 
end." Rev. J. C. Burgdorf, an excellent man, who 
is now living, can give the reader the name of this 
unfortunate man. 


The enormous amount of money worse than 
wasted, the inmates of the State prisons, jails, 
houses of correction, and the long line of paupers, 
all proclaim, in more than trumpet tones, the great- 
ness of this gigantic evil. As the enemies of the 
temperance cause have of late taken a new de- 
parture, and arc organizing for their protection, so 
the temperance people are organizing and increas- 
ing anti-liquor selling societies. And should the 
liquor people vote for their interests, and spend 
large sums of money, and be outvoted, as they 
must be, there is some probability that they will 
finally take the sword and perish with it. Right 
must triumph at last; justice must be done. The 
boys and girls of eight to twelve years of age of 
to-day, in twenty-five years will compose a mighty 
temperance army. God is truly working to ex- 
terminate alcoholic drink from the community, 
as he is working against all the other evils. Why 
should not this immoral work cease? Why should 
not the flower of our land continue to bloom in 
beauty? Why not ripen into good fruit — good 

To make all sure, every State in the Union, in- 
cluding the Territories, should organize anti-liquor 
societies. The children, not only of the Sabbath- 
school, but all, should be instructed not only to 
abstain from the use of strong drink, but they 
should be induced, as far as possible, to become 
active workers in the field. 


Children have much influence over their parents, 
and many parents have abandoned their intemper- 
ate habits through their children's faithfulness, 

I know this to be the truth. Rev. Mr. Ham- 
mond, the conductor of juvenile gospel meet- 
ings, will corroborate this fact. Only let a simul- 
taneous effort be made in this direction, and thous- 
ands of dollars would be saved in a year, and many 
saved from prison and death. The great moral 
want of boyhood and girlhood cannot well be es- 
timated, and this healthy reform spirit would be a 
lifelong blessing to all who engage in it. And the 
education of the youth of our land in this direc- 
tion no doubt would save this country from another 
civil war. 

The opponents of temperance, by seeing such 
vast numbers firm in redeeming the land from 
drunkards, would be without heart and courage, 
and from the great and real strength of the tem- 
perance cause, they would not fight with so- little 
hope of being victors. What a vast amount of 
good with but little work in the right direc- 
tion. This kind of work always yields the most 
desirable comfort and peace of mind. These 
workers become rich in faith and heirs of the 

By helping others we help ourselves. The Lap- 
lander that demurred and found fault with his 
companion because he brought the reindeers to a 
halt and leaped from the sledge and rubbed the 




limbs of a freezing stranger, and took him in, was 
so badly frozen himself when he arrived at the end 
of his journey, that it was necessary to have his 
extremities amputated, while the benovolcnt man 
who took pity on the stranger, arrived in good con- 


How desirable it is that young ladies and gentle- , 

men may see this large, whitening harvest field. ' ; 

Could they but see and realize one millionth part 
of the joy that would be theirs through the never 
ending ages, they would thrust in their rusty 

" The harvest dawn is near, 
'I'he day delays not long ; 
And he who sows with many a tear. 
Shall rcaj) with many a song. 

Sad. to the Held he goes. 

His seed with weeping leaves ; 
But he sliall eome at evening close. 

And bring his golden sheaves."' 

If the words of our Savior, " I'irst seek the 
kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all 
these things shall be added unto you," could be 
believed and practiced a while> the great giants in 
the way would vanish. 

A celebrated scientist was reminded of his 
golden opportimity to amass a fortune by turning 
his mind from costly experiments. His answer 
was: " I have no time to make money." 


From a worldly standpoint see how verdant that 
young preacher is : one quarter of his salary for 
the five years of his pastorate, since he graduated 
and received ordination, he has spent for books. 
Now look at that young preacher from the true 
and reasonable turret of observation. Pause, don't 
judge him hastily. Please reflect, and ask your 
own heart if there is any probability that the good 
and virtuous who have lived and toiled gladly for 
the advancement and happiness of others, will en- 
joy a glorious immortality. 

If the following sentence, that I select from a 
string of pearls, found in a sermon, as preached 
by Rev. William J. Potter, and reported in the 
New Bedford Evening Republican Standard, 
be truly sound, logical, reasonable and true, 
then there must be infinite motives at work 
while the day lasts. Said Mr. Potter: "When 
we consider the cycles of time, the conflicts 
through which the earth was created, till man ap- 

I peared as the culmination of it all ; then to think 

that this being thus wondrously endowed, gifted 
with the faculties of independent progress, should, 
after a few short years of life, vanish in vapor ! 
Why all this senseless folly and waste? In her 
processes. Nature is extravagant, but she does not 
throw away her achievements. If she were to 
yield up man again after a brief existence, she 

|, would be abandoning the goal for which she 

had striven just as she had reached it. Nor does 

REV. c;ari)nkr dean. 05 

it suffice to sa)' that the achievement is retained in 
the continuity of the race : for it is through the en- 
dowment of individual souls that the power and 
greatness of the race has come. Surely a human 
soul is of too high birth to be lightly extinguished." 
To have this lively, abiding hope of an endless 
life ; to be conscious daily that we are to expand 
and go on enjoying new and more glorious fields 
of thought and divine improvement through the 
never-ending ages, is truly a vast inheritance. 
And to lose a day we may well exclaim: 

" Lost ! lost! lost ! 
A gem of priceless worth ; 
Cut from the living rock, 
And graved in Paradise.' 

In the days of the prophet Nehemiah, the peo- 
ple had a mind to work, and they did work ; and 
the walls of Jerusalem went up. It does seem to 
be nothing short of madness to be idle. There 
never has been a day or age since the morning 
stars sang together for joy, when there was such 
powerful incentives to work. The wondrous 
achievements of the past, and the unparalleled dis- 
coveries, inventions and improvements of the pres- 
ent day, call with trumpet tones to the wide-spread- 
ing harvest fields. The truly good and wise are ' 
struck with awe, as they sec and know that this 
mighty transition must go on. Kingcraft and 
priestcraft are doomed. They never can survive 
this almighty battle for the right. The Czar of 





Russia could scarcely be less happy with a vol- 
cano for his throne. The nominal land owners of 
Ireland arc in consternation, and are at their wits 
end to know b}' what shuffle — by what trick of lcdj2[- 
erdcmain — the people have found out that neither 
God or Nature ever gave them a title to the soil. 
Every nominal land owner knows, who knows and 
loves the golden rule, that his vast sporting groves, 
parks and hunting grounds are his by a fictitious 
title. Apparently his, but really surely not his. 
The devil, who promised Jesus Christ all the king- 
doms of the world on certain conditions, possessed 
about as good a title to the kingdoms as any wine- 
drinking, brandy-sipping, cigar-smoking, night- 
gambling, bloated English or Irish aristocrat has 
to the soil where a half-starved tenantry drag out 
a squalid, wrecked existence. 

If there is any doctrine superlatively false ; any 
real damnable heresy, as the old orthodox divines 
would call it, it is this: that regulations and laws 
formed in dark ages and times of ignorance and 
superstition, are binding and valid, and sacred 
through all coming generations, whether they be 
for or against the inalienable rights and happiness 
of mankind. 

That kings and priests should have ridden the 
masses of the people, all bridled, saddled and 
spurred, down the dreadful ages of the past with- 
out being successfully resisted, is one of those ver- 
itable and inscrutable mysteries that probably will 



ever remain hidden. I low it is to be broucrlu ! 

about peacefully that where there is a mouth to con- j 

sunie there must be a pair of active, industrious 
hands to feed it, is more than we can tell. That this 
revolution must ^o on, is clear and certain. Ikil 
whether it will be by tongue and pen or by the 
sword, or by all, is not so clear. We know, be- 
yond a doubt, that the relation of master and slave — 
of lord and serf — is untenable, and should not con- 
tinue one hour. We also know that as great and 
brilliant as the light of the present day is, there 
are persons of unquestionable probity who think 
the relation of lord and serf to be the normal con- 
dition of the race. 

Only four years ago I heard a reverend doctor in 
the Methodist church say that John Wesley built 
better than he knew, for the Lord Almighty, 
through Wesley, built the iMethodist church. 
Wesley, the speaker said, only intended some 
good, methodical reform in the English church ; 
but God wanted a great working church, and so 
he built one. 

I think that there is precisely as good reason for 
believing that the Lord built the Presbyterian 
church, or the Baptist, as that he built the Metho- 
dist. If God built either of the existing religious 
denominations, the one he built must, in the neces- 
sity of the case, be perfect and unlike all the oth- 
ers. To say he built one, and then built another 
unlike it, would be charging God with folly. The 


[' church that God builds can never be disannulled or 

destroyed, for it is founded on the rock of ages, 
and the gates of hell can never prevail against it. 
The opinions of men are various and often erro- 
neous, but the faith is one and the same in all ages. 
I have heard of a meeting appointed to pray for 
a family that had been burnt out, and were home- 
less and destitute ; and during the meeting a broth- 
er arose and said he was not gifted in prayer, but 
he had brought his prayers in a cart, consisting of 
four bushels of white wheat, six bushels of Indian 
corn, one-half bushel of beans, two bushels of rye 
and three of buckwheat, with two shoulders and a 
large ham. 



Hon. Horace Mann, who never lost a day, said, 
among his immortal sayings, that " cigars in this 
country cost the people more than common 
schools." We cheerfully admit that this subject 
should be treated with much charity and Christian 
forbearance. We know of no subject, no glaring 
wrong, so completely hidden from sight. This ini- 
quitous system apparently is lost in smoke. There 
is a fish that has the faculty of discharging a kind 
of coloring matter when pursued by its enemy, and 
in this way eludes his pursuers; and this ingenious 
device of the fish, to impregnate the water with 
clouds and darkness, by which his enemy becomes 


lost for the time bein<;, while he darts out of dark- 
ness into light and clear water, and swims on his 
way rejoicing, only equals the skill of tobacco 
raisers, dealers in, taxers, consumers and apolo- 
gists of the obnoxious weed. 

Tobacco, in its use, as all know, is generally al- 
lied to grog. We know that there arc very many 
exceptions. I am i)repared to demonstrate and 
clearly prove that seventy-five per cent, of all the 
crime committed in the United States of America 
is caused by the use of alcoholic drinks and to- 
bacco. It is true that a thousand dollars spent for 
the one (tobacco) does not produce the same 
amount of crime as the same amount spent for the 
other. Yet it must be borne in mind that when wc 
challenge the consumer of cither to show us the 
good accruing from their use, both fail, as they 
ever must, to give any satisfactory or reasonable 
account for their consumption. I do not please 
myself with the thought that I can convey to the 
reader the deep abhorrence that I feel for this ^.[jh 

whole business, that has within it the germs of 
death and hell. The good time is coming when 
those men of low cunning, and still lower prin- 
ciples, that are jubilant over the revenue obtained 
from this wicked work, must and will step down 
and out, and go to their own place. That place 
and rank being precisely that of the grave-digger 
•that thanked God in his morning prayer thus : '* O 
Lord! thy ways are past finding out. Most gra- 



cious Lord, our God ! wc in our weakness thought 
that the coming of this dreadful fever among us 
was against us ; but, thanks be to God, we know 
that times are better; ' money, O Lord ! is plenty. 
() Lord ! wc thank thee that this awful scourge has 
added largely to our estate. Glory to thy name, 
all things work together for good ; and to thy 
adorable name be glory forever. Amen." And 
also upon that far away back scat maybe seen the 
easy and well-to-do Yankee woman, who was so 
amiable and resigned to divine providence. With 
much good feeling she would say: "Oh! what 
folly to talk about dry weather and short crops. I 
buy my bread at the baker's, and T would not lift 
my hand to have any kind of grain grow in this 
country or any other for a hundred years to 

The man who manufactured salt by evaporation 
must have been on the best of terms with himself 
in moments of prayer: "Dear God! thy people- 
are the salt of the earth ; and, O God ! as salt is 
saving, and good people are salt, do let it be dry 
this season, that salt may abound more and more. 
Thou knowest rain would damage much. Oh ! 
don't let it rain till the cold weather comes, and to 
thy great name be all the glory. Amen." 

To illustrate the ignorance in general concern- 
ing this great evil, and the dead and dormant state 
of mind in relation to it, let us suppose a family 
to be crossing the ocean, and every day a mother 


sees tliat a son of eigliteen summers throws o\er 
the ship's side into the sea a silver dime; and she 
kindly inquires the cause of the folly and waste. 
And he answers it is but little, and that is not so 
bad as to talk about the neighbors. Would she, 
or would she not, rebuke this son for the wicked 
habit of throwing awa}' daily one dime. And 
would it not be in a tone of more earnestness than 
she would show in talking to him on the folly 
and waste of using tobacco? The mother would 
look with abhorrence at the casting of the silver 
dime into the sea, while smoking the same 
amount would scarcely be mentioned or thought 
of, unless it happened to be one of those thinking 
mothers, whose tribe it is hoped may increase, 
who have learned the laws of life and health and 
true righteousness. 

The consumption of ten cents worth of tobacco 
by the young man is much more reprehensible 
and blameworthy than the daily loss of a dime 
through the folly of casting it into the sea. The 
tobacco is not meat nor drink, but a slow poi- 
son ; and nature is ever on the alert to counteract 
the ruinous effects from its use. 

What a pitiful sight to see a consumer of tobac- 
co talk himself hoarse for temperance. A tobacco 
consumer is no more fit to advocate the temper- 
ance cause than a chestnut burr is fit for an eye- 
stone. Before he opens his mouth for the temper- 
ance reform he must make it appear that the 





moncy spent for tobacco is wisely spent — that 
good fruit of the spirit of the Lord is brought 
forth by its use, 

I have seen young ladies in the vicinity of New- 
berne, and at Bay River, N. C, lick snuff with a 
brush resembling a lather-brush. This I have seen 
in company with Capt. Tamerlain Burt. 


Years ago, when Joshua R. Giddings was in his 
I prime, a few years subsequent to the Worcester 

[' convention in 1848, where it was my happy lot to 

];. hear two great speeches from Giddings and Sum- 

jl ner, I chanced to hear an able sermon from Rev. 

} James H. Garfield. He was considered an able 

minister of the church of the disciples. I never 
saw him before or after this meeting, and I was in- 
formed that that sermon was only a fair specimen 
of those that he was continually preaching in north- 
ern Ohio. His text was, " Arise and be baptized, 
and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the 
j. Lord." His sermon abounded more in questions 

and answers than anything I had ever heard. Here 
is one that has ever been green in my memory : 
"Sir, do you believe in Joseph Smith? No. Do 
you believe in Mahommed? No. Do you believe 
in Robert Owen? No. Do you believe in Jesus 
Christ? Yes. Then obey him. The devils be- 

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fi'evc and tremble, but they are unsaved. Sir, be 
baptized ininiediatcly for the remission of your 
sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy 
Ghost. I don't feci like it, and would you iiave me 
go dowji into the water and act the hypocrite? No ; 
1 can't do that, l^rother Garfield. I am interested 
in your explanation of obeying the form of doctrine 
delivered, that Christ died and was buried and rose 
again ; and that being baptized is the form or pic- 
ture of his death, burial and resurrection ; but I 
have no feeling, and I can't act the hypocrite. It 
can't make you a hypocrite to do right. God says, 
' My son, give me thy heart.' You are not to think 
of feeling. What if I owe John Smith ten dollars, 
and Smith says, ' Please pay me ten dollars,' and I 
answer, ' I have no feeling; I can't pay you; I 
can't act the hypocrite.' Now, we all know that he 
needs no feeling or preparation to obey, but the 
simple knowledge that God commands it. Hearty 
and ready obedience is enough. How many in 
this congregation, who have never publicly con- 
fessed Christ, that believe, with the eunuch, that 
Christ is the son of God?" Eighteen persons rise, 
and he says to them : " I command you to be bap- 
tized, and your sins shall be remitted — washed 
away. Your cheerful compliance and obedience 
will be evidence of your genuine repentance. Let 
your feelings and various modes and joys and sor- 
rows take care of themselves. Don't think about 
it. Obey now, and you are a disciple of Christ — a 


So much, at least, I remember. And I know 
that there was a strong, deep sympathy felt in that 
section for both the speaker and the peculiar views 
he advocated. 


In the Spring of the Fremont campaign I at- 
tended the anniversaries, at Boston. Hon. Albert 
Fearing gave me a good home, as his guest, at No. 
8 Trcmont street. He also invited me to go with 
him to his Summer home, at Hingham, which I 
could not do, as I felt called to preach the word in 
tile State of Maine. As I had been West, he called 
my attention to a rising lawyer in that section, who 
would make his mark in the world as a noted 
champion of liberty. I little thought then of the 
coming fame of Lincoln, or that I should soon hear 
him speak. It happened one day on the street, in 
Boston, that Rev.Wm. D'Arcy Haley put a twenty- 
dollar gold-piece into my hand, and, as he hurried 
away out of sight, said : " That will pay your fare 
to the Unitarian convention, at Chicago. Don't 
fail to meet me there." I w^t, and found a 
very good, harmonious convention, and a home 
all paid for, at the Tremont house, if memory 
serves. At any rate, I was generously helped 
to cash by several wealthy gentlemen of the 
Unitarian denomination. I was invited by Rev. 
Mr. Kelsey, pastor af the Unitarian church, of 


Dixon, to preach on the Sabbath following the 
convention. It was a joyful Sabbath to me. I 
homed with Judge Hcustead. 

Kaiiy in the week a Fremont meeting was to be 
held, and Abraham Lincoln, of. Springfield, and 
" Long" John Wcntworth, mayor of Chicago, were 
announced as the speakers. Those speeches were 
delivered witli power. The wide, blooming prairies 
were only emblematical of the mighty spirit oflui- 
man brotherhood and equal rights for all men, with- 
out distinction of race or color. At the close of 
the meeting the Judge gave me an introduction to 
the speakers, and a short time in conversation with 
these able men fully convinced me that it was my 
duty to vote and act with the Free Soil party. 


About forty years ago, after John Q. Adams 
contended in Congress for the right of petition 
against Marshal S. Dromgoole, he made a flying 
visit to this city (New Bedford). He was greeted, 
at 12 o'clock, by several thousand people. Hon, 
J. 11 Congdon, in behalf of the citizens, gave him 
a hearty welcome in a very appropriate speech. 

Then the " Old Man Eloquent," in a clear, shrill 
voice, created a sort of hatred to slavery in my 
heart that abides to this day. Only will the future 
ages disclose how much good work he did for his 
race, wli'ch comprises all of every lip and tongue 
throughout the world. 


" I.ivcs of good men oft remind us 
We can make our lives sublime ; 
And departing, leave behind us 
Footprints in the sands of time. 

Footprints that, perhaps, another, 
Sailing o'er life's troubled sea — 

A forlorn and sliipwrecked brother. 
Seeing, may take heart again." 

He was of that class of men that we hope will 
increase. Their worth is more easily felt and 
known than described. So much we know: that 
the same words from others do not weigh and 
inspire. It is said of the good Master: " He spake 
as never man spake." 

I cannot think of any orator, male or female, 
who surpassed him in personal influence. He was 
mighty in speech, and a kind of earnestness was 
manifest in all he said that lifted one out of the old 
ruts of thought into cheerful faith that a brighter 
day is dawning. 


In 1843 I became acquainted with Mr. Parker. 
Andrew Robeson sent me a kind note, inviting 
me to his house, to use his words, " to see a 
man." It is hard and difficult for me to explain 
the agreeable disappointment that I experienced 
in a three hours visit. His fine countenance, that 
said to me in a hidden, mystic language, " You 

kEV. GARDNER t)EAN. 107 

ccin trust me;" and liis voice, having such a charm 
that it reminded me of reading from the works of 
Swedenborg, or some other writer, that in the 
spirit world they speak and converse in various 
tones of divine harmony. At that period of my 
life I much desired to see and hear all sorts of men 
of distinguished ability, and read every new he- 
retical work. 

In reading the debates of Alexander Campbell 
and Robert Owen, I tried, with all the strength I 
had, to feel as much interest in Campbell's opinions 
as I did in Owen's, but I could not. When read- 
ing late at night, and " balmy sleep " w^ould be 
quietly stealing in upon me around the edges, I 
was sure to arouse during the reading of Owen's 
speech; and whenever the book fell, it was while 
reading Campbell's side. Now, kind reader, if I 
should say to you that I have outgrown this, and 
you could see my heart as it really is, you would 
be reminded of what Henry the Eighth once said: 
" Dat be one big lie." 

If young men in Boston ever loved and respected 
any teacher, that man was Theodore Parker. " I 
know," he said, "Christ was imperfect;" that "a 
man without sin only existed in the dreams of 
girls." "That prodigious love of the human race, 
that deep and hearty scorn of all newspapers and 
books that infringed on equal rights, was a gem of 
more attraction, to many young people, than the 
most elaborate and highly finished, furbished and 
polished orthodox creed. 



The hands of the presbytery have not been laid 
on tlie head of D. L. Moody. This is a glorious sign 
of the times. "The righteous shall shine as the 
firmament; and they that turn many to righteous- 
ness, as the stars forever and ever. The word 
*' they " includes all good persons, male or female, 
old or young, of every nationality, on the globe. 

The following, on " Faith and Works," from the 

pen of C. D. Hunt, Esq., a large manufacturer of 

copper tacks and nails, I clip from the Fairhaven 

Star : 
I- • 


To the Editor of the Fairhaven Star : 
' ' A iireat deal has been said about faith and its 

; efficacy to save man, and there are passages in the 

Bible that would seem to justify such an assump- 
j tion ; but lest men might be deceived and deceive 

i others, James gave us a clear, unequivocal state- 

, ment of what was necessary for salvation, and 

J shows, as plain as language can show, that works 

are absolutely necessary for salvation ; that faith 
without them is dead and can save no man. Should 
not this matter be fully understood and freed from 
all ambiguity? Should men be deceived regard- 
ing what is so important a subject as salvation? 
Evidently faith was regarded by the apostle James 
as necessary to produce works ; but if it did not 
produce works, then was it dead and of no avail. 
Christ said : " Ye shall know them by their fruits." 
•'Do men gather grapesof thorns or figs of thistles?" 



" A corrupt tree cannot bring forth good fruit." 
Thus Christ gi\-es us the rule by which we aiV to 
judge of the kind of faith that influences man, for 
" as a man tliinketh, so is he." 

James tells us, " Faith without works is dead ;" 
and he illustrates his meaning, so there may be no 
excuse for not understanding him, by asking the • 
question, " If a brother or sister be naked and des- 
titute of daily food and you do not give them the 
things they need, what doth faith profit one?" 
and, he adds, to emphasize his meaning, " but wilt 
thou know, O vain man ! that faith without works 
is dead?" No more emphatic language can be 
used than that employed by the apostle James to 
convey to us his meaning — that works are absolute- 
ly indispensable to salvation, and that faith without 
works is dead. That we might not be deceived he 
has told us what even religion is — at least, what 
" pure and undefiled religion " is, viz. : "To visit the 
fatherless and widows in their afflictions, and to 
keep himself unspotted from the world." 

These views of James were no doubt obtained 
from his intercourse with the Savior, who set them 
forth clearly in his last parable to his disciples ac- 
cording to Matthew, in which he gives us a minia- 
ture representation of the judgment. Did not 
Christ reserve this last parable to his disciples for 
a special purpose? Did he not intend that the 
last and most impressive scene which he should 
portray to their imagination should be true, and 
set forth clearly to them, and to the world through 
them, the life he would have them live? Did he 
not know that while other teachings and other par- 
ables, other scenes and other events, might fade 
from their minds, yet this one would remain inefifa- 


\ 110 exi'eriencp:s and incidents of 


cably fixed upon their incmorics and in their 
hearts ? 

Was it faith or works that Christ had in mind 
when he said : " The Son of man shall come in his 
glory, and before him shall be gathered all nations ; 
and he shall separate them, the good from the 
. evil ; and to the gootl he shall say, ' Come, ye 
blessed of my I'ather, inherit the kingdom prepared 
for you from the foundation of the world?' " And 
who were they thus invited? Hear what Christ 
said: "For I was a-hungered and ye gave mc 
meat; I was thirsty and ye gave me drink; I was 
a stranger and ye took me in ; naked and ye 
L clothed mc ; I was sick and ye visited me ; I was 

in prison and ye came unto me." This graphic 
description of the final reward of those who do 
; good works must have made a lasting and ineradi- 

cable impression on the minds of his hearers, and 
j - indited the words written by James, for our guid- 

j, ance, in the second chapter of his epistle, and led 

i* him to exclaim, " What doth it profit a man though 

', he say he hath faith, and have not works?" And 

' he adds, " Can faith save him?" continuing, as if in 

I . answer to some one who had claimed that he had 

1 faith, " Show me thy faith without works and I will 

j- show you my faith by my works." Such testimony 

i from such a source ought to be convincing to any 

mind not blinded by prejudice or deceived by false 



Mr. Hunt and his highly gifted wife are con- 
stantly doing good in many ways. They have a 
• strong affinity for every moral work. No philan- 

 thropic movement escapes their notice, or. calls in 

I vain for their support. 


I know of many churches with weak pastors that 
arc in a flourishing condition through the efficient 
labors of four or more godly men and women, 
who have the confidence of the community where 
they live. Their good conversation, upright deal- 
ing and uniform kindness enable them to do a 
vast amount of good. The most able and cultured 
pastor has failed for want of fervent and discreet 
helpers. It is a beautiful sight to see men and 
women speaking intelligently, deifying the body of 
Christ, and also giving abundantly of their silver 
and gold into the treasury of the Lord, that all 
necessary outlays be made and all necessary ex- 
penses be paid. And then the cheerful spirit car- 
ried into this work gives those without to know 
that it is not a vain thing to serve the Lord. 

These unassuming, unostentatious persons en- 
joy much comfort in this life, but in the world to 
come will be the time when they will enjoy the full 
contentment of their wishes. " Now wc see through 
a glass darkly, but then face to face." 

As time rolls along it will be seen more and 
more clearly that Wm. H. Johnson, Esq., of this 
city, has done more to advance the interests of the 
Redeemer's kingdom than some pastors in Massa- 
chusetts that we could name, who ask and receive 
several thousand dollars a year as their remunera- 



John Cory was of pure African blood ; and his 
very black face and retreating forfehead, with per- 
petual smiling, shining eyes, was far from being 
disagreeable. This dear pilgrim and sojourner, 
daily conscious that he had no continuing city 
here, tarried a while with us, living in a very small 
house on Allen street. Here he would sell some 
candy and peanuts, sing and pray, and give to the 
friendly people passing by, both old and young, 
snatches of his rich religious experience. When 
speaking in public he would often and fervently 
insist on the duty of holy living. "My dearly be- 
loved, we must have a clean heart! a clean heart! 
a clean heart! Cilor-r-ry tg God !" 

During the two years that I was pastor of the 
Allen and County streets Christian church, some 
thirty years ago. Brother Cory was in his prime for 
religious work. We usually held our Sunday even- 
ing meeting in the upper part of the house, it be- 
ing more commodious. 

After a short sermon we enjoyed an hour of 
good hearty praying, singing and speaking, with 
full liberty for all well disposed persons to occupy 
the time. 

In this last part, — and most interesting, general- 
ly, — Brother Cory and myself occupied chairs each 
side of the communion table, near and in front of 
the pulpit. Let me give the report of one Sabbath 


cveninjx, as reported on the following]; Monday by 
a lady of Berkley, at that time, or subsequently, 
teacliing school here in this city: " It was my 
luck, last evening, to find myself seated in the 
meeting-house at Dog Corner, with pews and 
aisles jammed full, listening, as though their lives 
hung upon the moment, to Gardner Dean, a gradu- 
ate of Tim-Hollow school and the plow-tail. The 
Eveniuir Standard has seen fit to call this nonde- 
script and strangest of all mortals eloquent. He 
has a good head of hair that, in his quick motions, 
undulates and seems to attract girls in their teens. 
It was quite enough, some years ago, to hear Gard- 
ner in Liberty hall, among the come-outers, sup- 
ported in affluence by such men as Andrew Robe- 
son, Prof. Lmerson of the High School, Willard 
Sears, Rodney French, Wm. Durfee, Isaiah Ray, 
h>-ra Johnson and many others. But last evening 
James Arnold, one of the wealthiest men of the 
city, arcse from an old bench in the aisle, and 
spoke in an excellent manner ; while one John 
Cory, the blackest man I ever saw, arose from an 
elegant chair in front of the pulpit to deliver his 
accustomed harangue. Wm. H. Tayntor also 
seemed at home ; while Capt. Joseph Ricketson 
was so kind as to have his pew crowded with smart 
looking young girls." - ' 

Among the constant supporters of this meeting 
were John Ennis and wife, Francis Harrison and 
wife, Daniel Jenks and wife, Henry Holcomb and 


wife, Clark I'urrin^fton and wife, Andrew V. Hrown- 
ell and wife. Isaac Sherman and wife, Josiah Hon- 
ne>- and faniil\ , Capt. H. Post and wife. Cranston 
Willcox and wife, Wni. Smitii and family. Till in j^- 
hast Soiile anti wife, I'rederick Davis and famil)', 
Humphrey Smith and wife. Mrs. Rodnc\- Howland 
and daughters. 

To return to Brother John Cory. He had a <;ood. 
intellect. Charles Lenox Remond was very black, 
and a man of Hrst-rate abilities. 1 once homed 
with a rich planter in Kentucky, and he informed 
me that he had a neighbor that had a slave that 
was a good praying man. and had saved, b)- work- 
ing for himself, five hundred dollars to buy his 
freedom. His master was taken sick, and the da}' 
before his death he asked him to secure the five 
hundred dollars that he had paid him ; for after his 
death his son Belmont would not let him have it. 
His master said: " Boy. I can't do anything now; 
I am on a hard journe)', and am so sick." The re- 
iji pl\- of the slave was: " Massa. it 'pears like all 

away down hill." 

His master fell into a drowse, and dreamed that 
i}|- he was riding after his favorite matched span, with 

,, the bo\- Moke driving ; and Moke said to him: 

[il . " Massa. you have only one chile. Belmont, and I 


'j]\' have five left; and you know you sold those three 

beauties to the New Orleans fancy-house men, and 

ijf it almost killed mauma and me ; and I have worked 

'I;. almost to death to earn that five hundred dollars 

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that I let you liavc to ^ct niy liberty. Massa, now 
let tne have de mone}- ; or *;ive mc de paper to 
show, when joii are dead, that 1 have paid fi\e 
hundred dollars to be free." And as the master 
said, "Never speak of this to nie again," Moke 
sprang from the front driving seat on to the nigh 
horse, with whip in hand, and told his master, 
as he looked back into the carriage. *' It 'pears 
like these horses begin to get up steam." 
Moke drove at a fearful rate, and said, in '.igh 
glee: "Massa, I've got through living in dis 
hard world ; and when clese horses come on 
de riber bridge de Lord will help me rein dem off 
in deep water, and I'll go to glory, and you down 
to h — 1." As the carriage and horses were, with 
himself and Moke, plunging into the deep water, 
the master awoke, and told his wife and son 
Helmont his dream, and wished free papers made 
out for Moke and his famil)-. They both demurred, 
and said if he did such a thing as that they hoped 
he never would die in peace. So he told them that 
Moke and his famil)- should fare no better than the 
other ninety slaves, and if they would call in James 
H. Lee and Andrew Clayton, he would have it in 
round writing. 

Lee and Cla}ton both had said they never would 
vote again for Menrj' Cla)', he had said 
that two hundred years of negro slavery had 
sanctified and made it honorable. The old will 
was immediately destroyed, and all fared alike ; for 


all were set free, and each willed five luiiulrcd 
dollars apiece; the last will and testament giving' 
Belmont and his mother less than three thousand 

"God moves in a myslcrious way 
His wonders to perform : 
He plants his footsteps in the sea, 
And rides upon the storm."' 

The African is notauliit behind the Anglo-Sax- 
on, all things considered. Here is the opinion of 
one. He heard the preacher had said, during the 
funeral of his hard master, that he had gone t(j 
Heaven, and he did not believe it. and gave this 
reason : " When massa go to Saratoga, he talk about 
it, and pack up for Saratoga. When he goes to Ni- 
agara, he talks about it, and packs up for it ; and so 
when he goes to Newport, he talks about Newport, 
and packs up for Newport. Now, massa never 
talked about Heaven, and he never packed up for 
Heaven; and he hasn't gone to Heaven, noliow." 

Sometimes in cliurch their responses are e-lectri- 
fying. An able D. D. of the United Presbyterian 
church was praying, on a hot summer Sabbath, 
that the Lord would curtail the works of Satan; 
and the loud and hearty response was : "Amen, 
Lord Jesus; cut it smack and smoove off, clean 

Who that has within him a true heart can ever 
think without pain and sorrow of the wrongs in- 



flictcd upon the African race? If I should read 
to-day that France was fast being depopulated b>- 
war, pestilence and famine, I think I could find 
some consolation in rcadin^^ " Toussant's Last 
Struggle for Ha}ti," by Wendell Phillips, the prince 
of orators. 

In looking back to L'Ouverture's lonely, linger- 
ing death in a dungeon, we shudder. " He was con- 
fined in the castle of St. Jou.\, in a dungeon twelve 
b\- twenty feet, built wholly of stone, with a narrow 
window, high up on one side, looking out on the 
snows of Switzerland. In this li\ing tomb the 
chikl of the sunny tropics was left to die." 

Carlisle would have us await the issue, and de- 
clares "There is nothing but justice;" and so we 
read a clause of the 2d commandment: " I, the 
Lord th\- God, am a jealous God, visiting the ini- 
quity of the fathers upon the children unto the 
third and fourth generation of them that hate 

And so it ma>' be that future generations in this 
country may have to sutler for the cruelties in- 
flicted on the African and Indian races. And if there 
is nothing but justice, it is not irrational to entertain 
the thought, that vast epochs of time will be re- 
quired for a final settlement in equity and justice. 
The smothering groans and cries of the middle 
passage ; the flowing blood drawn b\' the lash on the 
plantations, under a burning sun ; the red-hot plow- 
share of hell and damnation tearing and breaking 




the ijjreen aiul blooinins^ sod of domestic life and 
happiness, will not be unforj^otten by Him who has 
said, '• He beinj; often reproved and hardeneth his 
neck shall be destroyed, and that without remedy, 
filling np the cup of wrath ajjjainst the day of 
wrath, and perdition of uncjodly men." " Depart 
from me, ye workers of iniquity, I never knew 

'• Hut () I their end, their dreadful cnii, 
I'hy sancluarv tauLflit me so ; 
On slippery rocks I see tlieni stand. 
Ami lier\- billows roll l)eln\v. '" 


[j Nearly fort}' years a^o Rev. I'Vederic IMummcr 

Snow, now three score years ami ten, saitl to me, 
smilingly, " J^rother Dean, let us have a short va- 
cation (I was then in this city and he in Middlc- 
boro'). and go over into the State of Rhode Island 
and see Judge Clark, of Middleton, and others. 

Il Hy the by, the home of Judge Clark was ever a 

welcome liome to the prophets, whether old or 
young. That journey never comes up in memory 
unassociated with fond recollections and high 
hopes. Reatler, that is a very dear tie that binds 
the true hearts of young preachers together. Hav- 
ing renounced cheerfidly the glory and pomp of 
this world, and the prospects of wealth and honor, 


the}' look to Jesus, the man of sorrows, for com- 
fort aiul sympathy: and they do not look in vain. 
Tlic now love, the new hopes, the new objects of 
thou<^ht. the tender and respectful ^reetini; ami 
liearty welcome of even stranj^ers, creates a con- 
stant and perpetual source of delii^ht. " (ircat 
peace have they tliat love tin* law, and nothing; 
shall otTend th'-m." The conversation of Brother 
Snow was ever cheerful and pure. It mii^ht well 
be said of him: " Behold an Israelite indeed, in 
whom there is no <^aiile." I well remember we 
walketl one da)' from the stone bridge to this cit\", 
a distance of twenty miles. 

We were not fatitrued. That dav we (.lined with 
a \erv intelli'j^ent and mirthful famih', on roast 
j;oose. This week, the I2th of October, 1882, 
we talked the b\'-j^one days over, and the after- 
math was not dissatisfactory to me, as I beheld 
the countenance and heard the voice of one that 
still enjoys the dew of his youth. His honored 
parent, so hi<;hly esteemed as c^ne of the best of 
preachers that they aijreed to often speak his name, 
pleasantly remindinL; me of one of my mother's 
lullaby son^s : 

" Abner Jones and Frederic Plummer, 
Prcaclied t)ut dcKtrs all last summer." 



Kin«^ Jchoshaphat well understood the use and 
power of j^ood sinking. So he appointed singers 
to go before the arni}' and praise the beauty of 
holiness (II. Chron., chap. 20, v. 21): "Praise 
the Lord ; for his mercy endurcth forever." A 
great victor}- was gained ; and in these days very 
many victories have been gained by the songs of 
Zion. It often makes the heart grow tender, and 
sweetly draws the hearts of sinners from the broad 
road of death to the narrow way of life. " Praise 
is comely in his sight." At the water side, when 
i| happ)' and obedient souls follow the Savior in 

the fullness of love to Christ, how edifying and 
cheering to all the bj'standers. 
|1 The home altar of devotion is enlivened by 

I singing. " Let the inhabitants of the rock sing." 

Some years ago I heard Madame Sontag sing 
'* Sweet home," and tlie joyful impression yet re- . 

" 'ilicn, in ;\ noMcr, sweeter song, 
I'll siiiu; Tliv power to save ; 

■i " . 1 

Ij; When this poor lisping;, stammering tongue 

1;^ Is ransomed from the grave. " 

,|; The singing in Duchess Co., N. Y., by Rev. 

S. Wright Butler, R. Case and family, Rev. IL 
Brown, the Hi.\es and Wilburs, the Rev. Philctus 
Roberts, and many others, has, under God, been 



made very eft'ectivc in feeding the church of 

Many sinners have been melted to tears by Hs- 
tening to the words, sung in the good tune " Ses- 
sions " : 

'• Dear sinner, why so ihoiit^'luless grown, 
Why in such drcndful basic to die?"' 

When hearing the above-named ministers, with 
others, in the Milan church, Duchess Co., singing, 
in the tune " Buckficld " : 

'•\\'hcn strantrcrs stand and hear me tell. 
What beauties in my Savior dwell ; 
Where He is gone they fain would know, 
That they niay seek and love Mini, too," 

T have imagined myself in the audience chamber 
of the Deity, an inhabitant of that country where 
the people never say, " I am sick." 

"There is a region lovelier far 
\ Than sjigcstell or poets sing ; 

brighter than summer beauties are. 
And softer than the tints of s|)ring. " 


If only a Jewish hand could strike the cymbal 
with the boldness due to the grand march of the 
children of Israel from Egyptian chains to the free 





air aiul soil of Canaan. What temerity in me to 
attempt a pen sketch of the sainted Clouj^di. 

I remember him as a dear fatlier in tlie church 

 o( (lod. He loved yoim<^ j)reachcrs, and lie was 

; ; ever sii^jfestinj.^ the kind of books they should 

reatl and the kind of company they should keep. 
Ifc would ask if any cloud was over the mind, au)- 
ai:)idin'j[ sorrow in the heart. I well remember 
the advice he L^ave A. ICtlson. Brother lulson 
frankly told him that there was an abiding shadow 
over his mind, and he knew the cause of it; but 
ho knew of no remedy. Brother Cloutih looked 
sail and surprised, ami lettinj^ his ciiin drop down 
just enouij^h to re\'eal partially a set of beautiful 
white teeth, said: " My dear, young brother, what 
is the cause of your sorrow?" " I am sorry to tell 
you that I live a sinning and repenting life. I have- 
promised, on my knees in solemn prayer, that I 
would deny myself ever\-thing forbidden of 
(jod. 1 know I do not do as well as I might, and 
at present I know of no power that will keep me 

|: right. I don't doubt God's power, but as it has 

not kept me perfect in the past, what hope have I 

' in the future? I have resisted and strove against 

.sin as hard as I am capable, and I still remain a 
sinner. " 
q Said Brother Clough : "My dear brother, you are 

engaged in a great conflict, and you can overcome 
through the blood ()( the Lamb and the word of 
your testimony. I rejoice that you are a free 


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moral a^ent ; you have power to become a son of 
God, or, on the otlicr hand, a son of perdition. 
You alone must decide that. 

" Ki)(i\v tliis : ilic liuiiKUi niiiid is free 
To choose its state, iuul what 'twill be : 
l''or this cteinai truth was jj^iven. 
That (m>(1 will toivc n<> man i<> Heaven. 


'* Krecdmii and icascu make us iiicu ; 
Take diese awav. what are we then? 
Mere animals ; and just as well 
The beasts maytalk i>f Heaven nrliell." 

" He temperate in all things, und pray, believin-j^ 
that you receive the things that you ask for. 
Work a few liourseach day for .small waives. Read, 
a few hours each day, such books as ' Locke on 
the Human Understandings' 'The History of Jo- 
sephus,' 'Dr. Adam Clark's Commentar}',' 'Jones' 
History of the Church.' I'^specially read every 
day in the year several chapters in the Holy 

As he closed this never-to-be-forgotten lecture, 
he said to us: " I feel more than happy to have 
your society; please excuse ten minutes' absence." 
On his prompt return he said, " We will take a 
short ride together into Tiverton, in the course of 
an hour. There is a sick man there that can live 
probably but a few days, and I must see him. Then 
we will go on an autumn ramble; I think it is bet- 
ter than to go Maying in the spring, and that has. 
its charm." 


VVe soon found ourselves in an elegant hack, 
quickly going south. About two miles south of 
the [pleasant village of I'all River we came to a 
halt, and Brother Clough called on the sick man ; 
then resuming the ride, we came to the shore, 
and a large hamper was taken from the rear of the 
coach and put in a shady place, to be attended to 
at one o'clock. The coachman, before leaving us to 
go back to the village, was ordered to come for us 
at four o'clock. We soon forgot the beautiful sce- 
nery in listening to that kind voice of love. 

lie assured us that we could preach without the 
fear of breaking down. " Now, if you take the 
te.xt, ' I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, 
for it is the power of God unto salvation, to Jew 
first, and also to the Greek.' On this text you 
have much scope, a large field. You are not 
ashamed because of its high and infinitely good 
author. liecause it is offered to all for what it 
is — in the home circle, in the State, out at sea, in 
the desert or wilderness." 

We found the dinner to be all that an epicure of 
Delmonico's could desire. A few months subse- 
quent to this I saw Edson again, and he was enjoy- 
ing marmorean health, and said Elder Simon 
Clough had, through Christ, redeemed him. 

Brother Clough was a large, well-built man. 
His symmetrical proportions were faultless. With- 
out exception, he was the handsomest man I ever 
saw. In the house of the Lord, where God placed 


him for both strength and beauty, he remained 
to his dying day. " Blessed are the dead which 
die in the Lord from henceforth : Yea, saith tlie 
Spirit, that they may rest from their labors ; and 
their works do follow them." 

As I think of this faithful man of God and his 
writings (see " Clough's Works"), I am reminded 
of what Wordsworth said of Milton: 

" Thou shouUlst be living at this hour ; 
Return to us again ; 
Give us knowledge, freedom, value, power ; 
Thy soul was like a star. 
And dwelt apart. 
Thou hailst a voice 
Whose .sound was like the sea, 
Pure as the naked Heavens, majestic, free. 
'I'hus didst thou journey on life's common way. 
In cheerful godliness : 

And yet thy heart the lowliest duties J 

On itself did Uike. "  , t 


Some of the fairest representatives of good, 
honorable men I have foimd, cither officially 
or by head work, engaged in railroad business. 
I am quite sure that between here and Leaven- 
worth, Kansas, I found a baggage-man of the 
other sort. He insisted that I should pay him 
seventy-five cents for a leather strap an inch and a 


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Jialf wide, sufficiently loiiij to ^^o around a good- 
sized trunk -dud fasten with a cheap buckle. I 
thougjht t\vent\-fivc cents about a fair price, but as 
he handled the trunk so strangely savai^e I ottered 
fifty cents, which he refused. sa)ing that he would 
bet five hundred dollars against a glass of Alban\- 
ale that that trunk burst before it got through. A.> 
I was at that time quite verdant in many things, 
iind followed the foolish habit of wearing around 
my neck a snow-wliite cloth, and on my bosom a 
1,'old cross, and an ink-black frock coat, cut arni\' 
st\'le, about four inches below the knee. I was often 
taken for a priest. In cities like Cincinnati and St. 
Louis, devout ladies would partially bow one 
knee, and I felt as if I must in some wa\' return 
such good will. I, without cftbrt, soon found 
myself supplied with good manners; and whenever 
tlie devout, in passing, bent the knee in a graceful 
manner. I w avetl niy rigiu liand as a kind of peace 
<itt"ering and blessing. The time not having arri\ ed 
for the trunk to be stowed away in the baggage-car. 
I kept an eye upon it. and in order to sell man\- 
straps, the trunks would sudden!}- change position 
with a crash. 

Seeing a stout man that I thought might be 
thirst>\ I said to him, aside, as I slipped a quarter 
into his hand : " They sometimes call me a priest ; 
and that baggage-man sa)-s that turtle-back trunk, 
with the letters ' G. D.' made of brass nails, will 
, burst before it gets through : but oh ! for dear 




and holy Mary's sake, ma)- the trunk- '^o safely 

His rcpl}- was: " He Jasiis. if the trunk busts, 
he'll bust!" 

I quickly walked awaj'. feelinj; sc» much better 
that I put a chcckerberry lozenge into my mouth, 
and, at a safe distance, turned and faced the field 
<»f uncertainty, and at the same time feeling quite 
certain that concerning that trunk there was soon 
to come in a new dispensation, founded on better 

I am positive that onl)- five minutes passed be- 
fore the baggage-man was down, and the victor 
was moving, with a quick, firm step, to a saloon 
for refreshment. Strange as it may appear, this ' y 

same baggage-man was up in less than ten min- | 

utes, with his head tied up with a blood-red hand- 
kerchief, quiet!)- doing his dut\-, witii the trunk- 
smashing spirit completely knocked out of 'him. 
My trunk went through safe, right side u\) with 


Some years ago, down South-by-\Vest, near the 
(iulf of Mexico, I liad baptized about twent)' per- 
sitns; and as they did not all do as I thought per- 
sons born of the Spirit ought to, I introduced an 
an.xious .seat, so as to have tiiem instructed more 


perfectly in the way of tlie Lord. This <:jave of- 
fence to a backsh'ddcn deacon of much wealth. lie 
charged me with being at heart a Methodist, and 
wrote to Rev. John Phillips, Brown Co., Ohio, to 
know who I was. Rev. John I'hillips wrote back 
that Rev. Gardner Dean was a good man, but he 
thought that he was periodically insane. So one 
day this backslidden deacon" had me out to ride, 
and when about si.v miles from his home, and near 
a poorhouse, with a room for the insane, he said 
to me: ^ "I have got a letter from Rev. John Phil- 
lips. He says you are a very good man, but he 
thought you were periodically insane," and showed 
me the letter, and asked me if that was Phillips' 
handwriting. I told him it was. " Well," said he, 
" you are weary, and I am now taking you to a 
good place to have rest and composure. My wife 
has put in your shirts and socks, and some good 
things, and you will farewell. You must not re- 
sist, and it will all be well," 

The idea came to me like a flash, " Push him 
into the pit he has dug for me," and the words of 
St. Paul : " The grace of God abounded through 
my lie," is just the text for me. So I resolved 
to get him into the insane apartment of the poor- 
house, where he was quite sure he would have me. 
Then I said to him : " Do let me go in alone ; and 
you set in your carriage till he locks me up in the 
insane room, and then the man that has charge will 
ask you in to see how contented I am in my new 


home. Oh! how kind you are. I know there is 
something wrong about me. Now, I will confess 
that your beautiful daughter of seventeen sum- 
mers was bewitched hv me. Dear child, how she 
would throw her dear form about on that elegant 
Brussels carpet. I think, my dear brother and 
father in Israel, that, without any exception, she 
had the handsomest form J ever set eyes upon ; 
she must have borrowed her unrivaled charms from 
the fairest virgin daughter of eternity. Oh ! my 
dear father and brother, benefactor and everlasting 
friend, do promise me — and your word is gold — 
that you will bring her to look through the grate and 
sing to me. When she had the power that night 
in your parlor, how wicked I was to tell you she 
made it. Oh ! my dear brother, the night you sent 
her up into my chamber with the bed-spread, 
and she said so kindly, * Domine Dean, let me put 
this spread over you, the gulf fog will cause you 
to take cold,' can it be possible that I roughly 
said to her, ' God knows this is a hot country, but 
don't you come into my room.' " 

" Let that all go, Elder; she will come and see 
you, and you will come into your right mind soon, 
and the time may come when you will get married 
and be happy." 

Having arrived at the dismal looking poor-house, 
I said : " Now I will go in, and he will come out and 
invite you in to see a contented Christian — like the 
good man's butter, good clean through/' 


To the joy of my heart, I found the keeper of 
this house to be a clear-headqd, warm-hearted, 
conscientious Mason. I talked in a low voice, at 
I ' full speed, substantially as follows, giving him my 

name and occupation : " Do you know that man 
j: that I have brought here, seated out there in the 

carriage?" " I do; and he can jtalk best in meet- 
ing when he has had two or three bumpers of old 
; bourbon." " Yes, perhaps. But, however painful 

1 the duty, I must have him put immediately into 

I close confinement. Don't chain him, for he might 

not live through it. Oh, dear! what will his poor 
[ , wife do? He has a daughter as beautiful as Hebe 

t; or Cleopatra. I composed a verse with a chorus 

;'■ for her to sing : 

' 'O ! could my wish control thy fate, 

|y No sorrow shouldst thou know ; 

f' Reli.irioiis light shine round thy path, 

Ami roses round thee blow. 

Chori's— My father is crazy, it seems like a dream; 

He'll hear no more sorrow from Gardner Dean. 
Some say Gardner is from the West, 
And some say he's from the East ; 
But one thing is certain, he's a level headed 
priest. ' " . 

Said the keeper of the home of the poor and in- 
sane : " I hardly know which to put in close con- 
finement. It is likely as not that you are both 
crazy. Whose team is that that you came with?" 
My answer was, " It is his, and you must take care 


of it till his wife comes to see him." I took from 
my side pocket, not a bottle of brandy, but a copy 
of the New Testament, and spread apart my fore 
and middle fin<^ers, and laid them on the Testa- 
ment, and asked him to do so too, laying his fin- 
gers on mine, forming the square and compass. 
Then I swore that if he got out of the asylum my 
life would not be worth a straw. The keeper as- 
sured me, then, that he would secure him, and all 
would be right. I hurried out of the back way, 
unseen by the doomed and sold deacon. Two 
miles walk brought me to an old tavern, and I stag- 
gered up to a hostler and handed him a York 
shilling, saying to him, "Whose business is it if a 
man liquors a little coming through the rye? 
Wake me when the stage comes." 

In fifteen minutes I was jostled over a corduroy 
road to a depot, and when seven hundred miles 
from that community I wrote back to a brother 
Mason to know how the Deacon liked poor-house 
confinement. Here is an extract of that letter : 
" You ask in your kind letter how the Deacon likes 
poor-house confinement. As soon as the key was 
turned upon him he swore fearfully, and kicked 
and raved and broke his second toe, and to all that 
saw him he seemed to be a maniac. In three days 
from the time you got him in there his wife came 
and had him liberated. She hardly knew him ; he 
would neither eat, drink or sleep. The joke was 
kept as still as possible, but it would leak." This 


occurred soon after my abduction. I then had 
fears of being murdered, and felt safer to preach 
under an assumed name, letting a few brethren, as 
Odd Fellows, and the deacons and Masons know 
my real name. At this writing I cannot tell 
whether my fictitious name was Will Smith or John 
Johnson. But the joy I felt in getting even with 
this secular sectarian deacon still lingers in mem-^ 
ory. I do not call to mind any seasons of weep- 
ing over that broken toe. 

The South and West abound in that exercise 
called the sta}'ing power more than New Eng- 
land. It does now occur to me that, in 1842 and 
1843, Rev. Mrs. Silas Hawley and the daughters of 
"paper-hanging" Perkins had the power in the 
white church vestry, and were floored and appar- 
ently unconscious. 

About that time Rev. John Phillips, Rev. James 
Thatcher, Rev. Silas Hawley, and myself, debated 
the question : " Does the church of Christ de- 

j; pend on any outward organization?" They took 

the affirmative, I took the negative. Sixteen thir- 
ty-minute speeches were made to an overflowing 
house at the head of Westport. Phillips made 
two, Thatcher one, Hawley five, and I eight. This 
debate, and the free meeting at Liberty hall — 

L where on the Sabbath I usually spoke on a plat- 

form so free that Garrison, N, P. Rodgers, Pillsbury, 
Stephen Foster, Aby Kelley, Frederic Douglas, 
Charles Lenox Raymond, John A. Collins, Henry 



H. Clapp, Geo. E. Bradburn, James ButTuni, Sam- 
uel J. May, Henry C. Wright, Sojourner Truth and 
Theodore Parker were ever welcome — severed in 
some respects the kind feehng which had previously 
existed in the clerical circle. Rev. John Phillips 
never was as friendly after as before. And this 
accounts for his wish to have me labeled as in- 
sane. We must in all candor admit that very many 
preachers arc ornaments to the race, and b}' their 
virtues, toil and wisdom, have caused the wilder.- 
ncss to bud and blossom as the rose. They have \ 

led wa)-ward and vicious youth to purity, love and \ 

righteousness. But it is equalh' true, on the other 
hand, that while hard and brawny men pound and 
bruise each other, treat and make up good friends 
as ever, some ministers (we hope the number is 
few) never make up, or love each other, down to 
the day of their death. Many of them, in seeking 
for money and position, come short of the golden 
rule. The majority of them, I think, desire to do 
good, and it must be admitted that the nearest ap- 
proximations to Jesus Christ in this world are to 
be found among the ministers of the Gospel. 

This completes the manuscript furnisheil by Mr. Dean before his 
sickness and sul^sequent death, and must be taken as an excuse for 
such an al)rupt ending. Had Mr. Dean lived, it was his intention 
to have added only a few pages more, and those principally devoted 
to returning thanks to the various individuals who had so kindly 
furnished him encouragement, advice and money to prosecute the 



By P:BENEZER \V. PEIRCE, of Freetown, 

Resident member of the "Old Colony Historical," "The Pilgrim 

and New England Historic Genealogical 5v>cieties," 

Corresponding member of the " New York 

Biographical " and " Wisconsin 

State Historical 



f. I 



Walter Dean, the emigrant ancestor of that 
branch of the Dean Family whose genealogy is 
herein presented, was born at Chard, in England, 
a market town, situated about ten miles from 
Taunton, in" Somersetshire, both towns being 
pleasantly located in an extensive and fertile val- 
ley called Tauxton Dean, on the river Tone. 

In a work entitled "Campbell's Survey of Great 
Britain" may be found the following: 

"The vale of Taunton Dean, in respect to its 
amazing fertility, is only surpassed by the industry 
of its inhabitants, which is a point that we may 
affirm to be extremely worthy of notice, since it 
very rarely happens in this kingdom, or in any 
other, that when, from the natural fecundity of the 
soil, a plentiful subsistence may be had with very 
little labor, the people should, nevertheless, apply 

themselves vigorously and steadily to the manual 

 It -  


Another authority, entitled "Fuller's Worthies," 

states that a proverb has become current among 

the inhabitants of that beautiful valley, which 

gives a spontaneous and natural, and we will aUd, 

irresistible expression to their honest and com- 


mendable pride of the place of their birth, "WHERE 
SHOULD I BE Born else than in Taunton 

The Saxon word dean signifies vale or valley, 
and may also imply a woody place, but its meaning 
cannot properly be expressed in the word glen, 
which signifies a defile or passage between precip- 
itous hills that is hidden from view so it cannot be 
seen until the spectator is close upon its borders. 

The town of Chard was of sufficient importance 
to attract considerable attention a long time ago, 
and was by the Saxons called Cardie, from which 
some have inferred that it derived its name from 
Cardie, so famous in history for his military ex- 
ploits against the Britons. 

The thickly settled portions of Chard are upon 
two streets, intersecting each other, and a row of 
houses called "Crow Line." 

The houses are generally well built and com- 
modious, and about 534 in number. The popula- • 
tion is about three thousand, of which some 
thirteen hundred are engaged in trade and manu- 

At the intersection of the two streets stands an 
ancient gothic building, formerly a chapel, but now 
used as a town hall. 

On one of the streets stands another ancient 
building, that before the reign of Edward the 
Third was the Assize Hall, but is now used as 
a market house, where market is kept on Monday 


DEAN (;k\i:aix)gv. 139 

of each week, and where it is said are exposed for 
sale more potatoes than at any. other market in 

As wc contemplate the history of these two 
ancient edifices, the very many long years each 
has resisted the insidious tooth of time, and, al- 
though the inhabitants have not incurred the curse 
of " him who removeth the ancient land-mark the 
early fathers have set," yet they have entirely - 
changed the uses for which both structures wore 
reared, ignored the religious veneration formerly 
paid to one, and the respectful reverence accorded j 

to the other, how forcibly are we reminded of the 'V 

impossibility of determining "to what base pur- ^ 

poses" both men and things may, under certain 
unforeseen circumstances, "be applied," and how 
true it is that 

" Imperial Ciesar dead and turned to clay, 
May stop a hole to keep the rats away" 

The other public buildings now in Chard are a 
hospital for old and infirm parishioners, long since 
handsomely endowed by a Mr. Harvey with the 
income of two considerable estates, and a church 
edifice, 120 feet in length and 46 feet in width, 
with a tower containing a belfry and eight bells. 

It was at Chard that in the i6th century the 
Royalists suffered a terrible defeat, and Chard was 
the birthplace of Sir Charles Every, so celebrated 


for liis sutTcriiii4s in behalf of and attachment to 
Charles the P'irst. 

More space has been given to a description of 
the birthplace of Walter Dean, the emigrant 
ancestor of that branch of the Dean family whose 
genealogy we herein propose to present, than 
would have been, but for a growing demand in the 
public mind to learn "-where did you come /rem" 
as well as from what did you come. 

Some places are said to be very good to emi- 
grate /rt^^w but very bad to emigrate /<? with a view 
to permanent location, and Chard, from all we 
have been able to learn, is a good enough place to 
go from, and by no means the worst or among the 
worst places in the world to go to or locate in. 
a There is, if I mistake not, some scriptural advice, 

» to take heed to remember the pit from whence 

\ ^i^gcd and the hole from which taken, and those 

':\' of the Dean family who reject the modern theory 

! '. \ addressed to man in the words "from a beast thou 



art," and prefer the old-time declaration "of dust 
thou art," will not chide me for the effort to trace 
their origin to Tauntonian mud rather than to a 
Darwinian monkey. 

Walter Dean is supposed to have been born 
sometime between the years 1615 and 1620. 

Walter Dean and his elder brother, John Dean, 
emigrated to America, and were among the earli- 
est English settlers at Cohanet, that was soon after 


called Taunton, b(.)th their names appearing in the 
list of first or original purchasers. 

Walter Dean was by trade a tanner. His wife 
was Elcanorv a tiaughter of Ri«!Hard Strong, of 
Taunton, in Riigland, and she was a sister of 
Elder John Strong, who came with her to Ameri- 
ca in the ship "Mary and John," in 1630, and 
tarried for a while in Dorchester, and from thence, 
in 1637, went to Cohanet, now Taunton. Elder 
John Strong did not remain in Taunton, although ) 

there are some reasons for supposing he continued y' 

to reside there until after " King Philip's War," . 

when he removed to Northampton, and is the pro- | 

genitor of the illustrious family o^ that name that I 

has resided there and in several other parts of our 
country. Walter and John Dean took up farms 
on the west bank of "Taunton Great River," about 
a mile from the "Green," and the open traveled 
way through those lands has been known as 
" Dean street" to this day. 

That Weaker Dean was a man of influence and 
highly esteemed among his English neighbors at 
Cohanet or Taunton, in the American wilderness, 
may reasonably be inferred from the fact that offi- 
cial records still preserved show hrm to have been 
a selectman twenty years, and a representative 
to the General Court one year, and also a jdcacon 
of the church. 

In reading this genealogy perhaps an annoyance 
will be felt that so loose a way of stating the date- 


of a birth, marriage, or death should be indulged 
in, as to say " on or about," or " near." or " between" 
certain years, but every reasonable person will at 
once discover the absolute necessity of a resort to 
such an expedient when informed that the town 
records of Taunton for about two hundred years 
were destroyed by fire in or near the year 1838, 
by which the evidence of a multitude of local facts 
was irretrievably lost and can never be regained. 

Had this genealogical account been prepared 
before the burning of the Taunton town records, 
probably in nearly every instance the precise date 
of birth, marriage and death could have been 
given, instead of only approximating the same by 
conjecture, as we are now compelled to do. 

The probate records of the county contain 
many wills, with the dates when the same were 
executed, and when these wills were presented in 
probate court, thus proving that the person mak- 
ing such will was alive at the date of making, and 
dead at the date of the presentation in the probate 
court, and that is as near as it is now possible to 
arrive at the evidence o{ the date of many per- 
sons' deaths where town records have been de- 
stroyed, as was the case at Taunton. 

Up to 1692, Taunton was a part of Plymouth 
Colony, the laws of which compt'led every town 
\ within its jurisdiction to send to Plymouth a true 

copy of portions of the town's records, and such 



copies have been preseryed and are a great help in 
cases like those of Taunton. 



1. Walter Dean (No. i) and wife, Elenor 
STRON(i, had children as follows : 

2. Joseph, born at date unkncnvn. He was by 
trade a "cordwainer," or shoemaker. Married 

Mary . He died January lO, 1729. He 

bore the title of Deacon, and was the first (^r earliest 
town clerk of Dighton, although living on Assonet 
Neck, which was then a part of Dighton. Mary, 
his wife, survived him. (See grave-stone in Berk- 
ley and the Public Records of Dighton.) 

^-v.3. Ezra, born at date unknown. Married, Dec. 
17, 1676, l^ethiah, a daughter of Dca. Samuel Ed- 
son, of Bridgewater, and wife, Susannah Orcutt, 
who were among the earliest European settlers in 
Bridgewater, Dea. Edson having been owner of the 
first mill erected there. Dea. Edson died in 1692, 
aged 80 years, and Susannah, his wife, died in 
1699, aged 81 years. Ezra Dean died some time 
between Oct, 28, 1727, and Feb. 15, 1732. (See 
Ikistol County Court Records, volume 7, page 

4. Benjamin, born at date unknown. Married 
Jan. 6, 1681, Sarah, a daughter of Samuel Wil- 
liams, of Taunton, and wife, Jane Gilbert, grand- 
daughter of Richard Williams and wife, Frances 

< ' 


Dighton.* Samuel Wijliams was the builder 

'^1 of the second mccting-house erected in Taunton. 

He commenced to raise that meeting-house May 

' 19, 1729. (See Capt. John Godfrey's Diary.) 

Jane Gilbert was the oldest daughter of Thomas 

i • Gilbert, of Taunton, and wife, Jane Rossiter, a 

.' daughter of Hugh Rossiter. That second meet- 

■• ing-house in Taunton (built by Samuel Williams) 

was the one that had two galleries, the one above 

i 1. the other. Hugh Rossiter sold out his possessions 

\ ' in Taunton prior to 1675 and removed to Connec- 

'V  ticut. Benjamin Dean died between Feb. 2, 1723, 

I and April 14, 1725. (See Probate Court Records 

\ of Bristol County, volume 5.) 

j/ 5. Abigail, born at date unknown. Married 

I Joseph Wood. 

'. , Dea. JosEi'ii Dean (No. 2) and wife had: 

6, Joseph, born 1688^ Married Sarah . 

He died Aug. 11, 1773, in 85th year. She died 
^ i March 26, 1775, in 73d year. Both have grave- 

1"* stones bearing legible inscriptions. 

; i 7. Samuel, born at date imknown. 

8. James, born at date unknown. Married, 
Mary Williams. He died in or about 1750. 

9. Sarah, born at date unknown. Married 
Dec. 29, 1 70S, Joseph Read, of Freetown. He 
was a son of John Read, of Newport, and after- 
ward of Freetown, a shoemaker by trade, who 

NoTK. — The town of Dighton, Mass., was named for Frances 
Dighton, the wife of Kichanl Williams, of Taunton. 

^ I- 

DEAN gp:nealogv. 145 ' 


died in Freetown at about 8 o'clc ~k in the morn- 
ing, January 3, 1721. Hannah, the wife of John 
Read (and probably the mother of Joseph Read), > 

died in Freetown about 9 o'clock in the morning 
of April 12, 1727. Joseph Read bore the title of 
" Lieutenant." Lieut. Joseph Read was Town 
Clerk of Freetown from March, 1738, to March 4, 
1745; Selectman in 1712, 1714, 1715, 1717 and 
1 7 1 8 ; Assessor in 1 7 1 i , 1 7 1 2 and 1 7 1 9 ; Represen- 
tative to the General Court in 1729 and 1730. 
Sarah, the wife of Lieut. Joseph Read, died on the 
evening, Nov. 13, 1738. (See Maj. Thomas Leon- 
ard's Marriage Records, Registry of Deeds for 
Bristol County, and Book" 1st of the Town Records , 

of Freetown.) ''| 

10. Estl^ier, born 1694; died Nov., 1707. j 

1^ Ezra Dean (No. 3) and wife, Bethiah Edson, r 

had: - - V 

11. Bethiah, born Oct. 14, 1677. Died Nov. 
27. 1679. 

12. Ezra, born Oct. 14, 1680. Married 
twice, first Abigail, a daughter of Capt. James 
Leonard, of Taunton, and married second, Abigail 
Bretnell. Ezra Dean was a physician, and settled for 
practice in Taunton. lie died July I, 1737. Rev. 
Samuel Danforth, of Taunton, who died Nov. 14, 
1727, is said also to have j)racticed tlie healing art 
at Taunton, and if so, he and Dr. Dean were con- . 
temporaries in their labors to relieve from the 



vvoe.^ that hiinian flesh is heir to. Maj. Thomas 
Leonard, wlio died in Taunton Nov. 24, 171 3, was 
also a physician. 

13. Samuel, born April 11, 1682. Died Feb. 
16, 1683. 

14. Seth, born June 3, 1683..; 

15. Marijarct, born at date unknown. Mar- 
ried Shaw. 

16. Ephraim, born at date unknown. Mar- 
ried Mary Allen, of Rehoboth, 

BEN7AMIN Dean (No. 4) and wife, Sarah 
Williams, had : 

17. Naomi, born Nov. i, 1681. Died Jan. 6, 

18. Hannah, born Dec. 26, 1682. Married 

19. Israel, born Feb, 2, 1685. JVIarried Ruth 
Jones, of Sandwich. He died March 23, 1760, 
Ruth, the wife, died April 18, 1769. 

20. Mary, born June 15, 1687. Married, Jan. 
I, 1708, Samuel Edson. 

21. Damaris, born Sept. 4, 1689. Married 
Mathew White. 

22. Sarah, born Aug. 20, 1692. Married James 

23. Elizabeth, born March 26, 1695. Married 

24. Mehitabel, born June 9, 1697. Married 



25. Benjamin, born July 31, 1699. Married 
Zipporah Dean. He died January 6, 1785. She 
died Sept. ly , 1778. j 

26. Kbcnezer. born Feb. 24, 1702. Married \ 
Racliel Allen. He died July 30, 1774. j 

27. Lydia, born Dec. 11, 1704,^ 

28. Josiah, born Oct. 23, 1707. Died March 

23, 1710. 1 

Joseph Dean (No. 6) and wife, Sarah , ' I 

had : j 

29. Sarah, born (3ct. 14, 1724. Married Capt. | 
Samuel Gilbert, of Berkley. 

30. Joseph, born Auj;. 7, 1726. Married ' 
Priscilla Dillini,diam. He died Nov. 9, 1803. She ' 
died July 15, 18 17, in her year. 

31. Ebenezer, born July 4, 1728. Married 
Mary Read, of Dighton. He was fcilled by licjht- U. 
ning while standinf^ in the door of his dwelling. 

32. John, born June 29, 1730. Died May 7, 


33. Elizabeth, born May 26, 1736. Married, 
April 3, 1755, John Babbett, of Berkley. 

34. Benjamin, born May 26, 1736. Married, 
Dec. 22. 1757, ^^^''y Turner, of Freetown, now 
Bowenville, Fall River. 

Jame.s Dean (No. 8) and wife, Mary Williams, 

35. James, born 1732. Married Elizabeth 



Jones. He died May 14, 1814. She died Dec. 
26, 1787, in her 54th year. 
^ 36. Mary, born 1733. Married Abner Burt, 
of Berkley. She died Aug. 20, 1805. He died 
Nov. 8, 1820, aged 89. (See grave-stones.) 

^y. David, born 17 — . Married, 1766, Lydia 

38. Abner born 

39. Rachel, born 1741. Married Capt. Zeph- 
aniah Jones. She died Oct. 12, 1807. He died 
Oct. 27, 1823. 

Lieut. Joseph Read and wife, Sarah Dean, 

40. Josepli, born at date unknown. 

41. Benjamin, born Nov. 17,1711. Died Oct. 
25, 1732. 

■' DocT. Ezra Dean (No. 12) and wife Abigail 

had: • 

42. Ezra, born Oct. 30, 1706. He attained 
the age of 89 years. He married Silence Dan- 

43. Stephen, born Sept. 29, 1708. Married 
Hannah . He died Oct. 19, 1749. 

44. Theodora, born Dec. 31, 17 12. Mar- 
ried, Feb. 5, 1734, Maj. Richard Godfrey, of 
Taunton. He was a son of Richard Godfrey and 
wife, Bethiah Walker, and born March 23, 171 1 ; 
grandson of Richard Godfrey and wife, Mary 
Richmond, and great-grandson of Richard God- 


frey and wife, Turner, a dauj^htcr of John 

Turner, of l^raintrec, and afterward of Taiinton. 
Major Richartl Godfrey was a captain in the 
"French and Indian War" (1753), promoted to 
major in thnt service in 1758. Tlieodora, the wife, 
died Jan. 14, i8i3,aged one hundred years and 
fourteen days. (See y^rave-stone.) 

45. Abigail. Married Caleb Walk-er. She 
attained to the age of 95 years. (Tradition.) 

46. liethiah. Married Stephen French, of 
Rehoboth. She attained to the age of 96 years. 
(Tradition.) . .  < 

47. Xehemiah. He attained to the age of 90 
years. (Tradition.) . 

48. James, born in 1717. He attained to the 
C't) ^>^c of >>4,\'ears, and died in 1803. ; 

49. Solomon. He attained to the age of 61 i 
years. (Tradition.; | 

50. Nathaniel, 

51. Seth, ! 

52. Elkanah. He attained to the age of 87 
years. (Tradition.) 

53. Prudence. She attained to the age of 80 
years. Married Hayward. (Tradition.) 

54. Elisha. He attained to the age of 83 
years. He married twice. First, Dec. 8, 1763, 
Molly Wood, of Norton. Married second, Molly 

55. William, born in 1731. Married Lydia 




Leonard, and they resided in Sutton, Mass., where 
she died Oct. 8, 1818. 

56. George. He attained to the age of 86 
years. (Tradition. j 

57. Esther, born in 1733. Married twice. 
jI First, Miggins. Married second, Robert 


Seth Dean (No. 14) and wife had: 

1? 58. Ichabod. 

k, 59. Jacob. 

h 60. Edward, born in or near 171 7. Married 
Mary . He died April 9, 1791. 

61. Paul. He resided at Hardwick, Mass. He 
died of hing fe\'er at the age of 47 years. (Tradi- 

62. Silas. He was a twin brother of Paul, and 
went with him to Hardwick, Mass. (Tradition.) 

I , 6T). Sarah. 


1/; • Si I AW and wife, MARGARET DEAN (No. 

I 1 5 ) liad : 

ill 64. l^cthiah. 

iSi ' " 

'|l EriiRAiM Dean (No. 16) and wife, — -^-^^^ 




|l Alt. EN, had : 

Ii •  

|| 65. Ephraim. .- ', ,^ 

I 66. ZophaniaKr 

6y. Simeon. 

6S. Job. 

■\  .V. 



69. Philip. 

70. Ezra.^ Married Jemima Allen. He re- 
moved in 1778 to New Ashford, Conn., and after- 
ward to Killin^y. 

Israel Dean (No. 19) and wife, RriH Jones, 


I. Josiah. _ ^• 

/2. Israel. 

/^. Abraham, born in or near 1718. Died, 
April 7, 1761. 

74. Job. 

75. Noah. Married Elizabeth Hathaway, of 

76. Naomi. , , 
7y. Ruth. / 

Samuel Edson and wife, Mary Dean (No. f 

20), had: * \ 

78. Susannah, born in 1708. Married, in 
1736, to Samuel Ilayward, of Bridgewater. 

79. Bcthiah, born in 17 10. 

80. Mar\-, born in 171 2. Married, in 1728, to 
George Packard, of Bridgewater. 

81. Samuel, born in 17 14. 

82. Nathan, born in 17 16. 

83. Abel, born in 1718. 

84. Obed, born in 1720. 

85. h^lizabeth, born in 1722. Married Samuel 
Leach, of Bridgewater. 


86. Sarah, born in 1724. Married John 

87. Silence, born in 1726. Married Nehemiah 
Packard, of Bridgevvater. 

88. Ebenezer, born in 1727. Married Jane 

Benjamin Dean (No. 25) and wife, Zipporah 
Dean, had : 

89. Benjamin, born in or near 1725. Married 
Mercy liarrows. 

90. Isaac, born in or near 1735. Married 
Rachel Staples. 

91. Elijah, born 1742. He was keeper of the 
county jail at Taunton for many years. 

Ebenezer Dean (No. 26) and wife, Rachel 
Allen, had : 

92. Joshua. 

93. , Ebenezer. 

Capt. Samuel Gilbert and wife, Sarah Dean 
(No. 29), had: 

94. A daughter, died young. (Tradition.) 

95. A daughter, died young. (Tradition.) 

96. Jerusha, born , 1759. Married, Jan. 

26, 1 78 1, Ezra Chase of Berkley. He was born 
April 30, 1758. She died Oct. 17, 1829. 

97. Sally, born 1760. Married Ensign Eben- 
ezer Peirce, of Berkley. She died July 2, 1828. 


He died June 15, 1841, aged 82 years. Of a 
company in the local militia of Berkley he was 
commissioned as E\sk;.\. He and wife have 
grave-stones bearing legible inscriptions in an 
ancient cemetery near the old muster field in 

Capt. Samuel Gilbert, the parent, was Modera- 
tor of the annual town meeting in Berkle)' for the 
years 1764, 1766, 1767 and 1770. Elected Select- 
man in 1762, and served in that office six years; 
elected again in 1778, and served three years, 
making in the whole nine years thAt he held the 
office of a Selectman, (See Public Records of 

Joseph Dean (No. 30) and wife, 
DiLl.iNC-.llAM, had: 

98. Joseph, born Oct. 25, 1748. 

99. Sarah, born May 20, 1753. Married, Dec. 
1774, John Sanford of Berkley. 

100. Esther, born Dec. 7, 1755. Married 
James Dean (No. 129) of Berkley. She died 
Dec. 29, 1 8 19. He died April 24, 1823. 

lOi. John, born Feb. 25, 1758.^ 

102. Paul, born Aug. 19, 1760. 

103. Gamaliel, born 176-. Lived single. 

104. Priscilla, born 1765. Married Barzilla 
Hathaway, Esq., of Berkley. She died June 22, 
1839. He died Dec. 27, 1845. O^ t^^ annual 
town meeting of lierkley he was the Moderator in 


1826, 1830 and 1832; Selectman in i8i6, 181 7, 
1825, 1826. 1827 and 1832. (See grave-stones in 
Bcrklc\- and I'ublic Records of that town.) 

I'.nENEZER Dean (No. 31) and wife, Mary 
Read, had ; 

105. Ambrose, born 1760. Lived single. 
He died March, 1793. (See grave-stones in 

106. Rhoda. Married, July 24, 1783, Darius 
Sanford, of Berkley. (See Public Records of 
Berkley. ) 

107. Walter, born 1765. Married, Jan. 28, 
1796, Batsheba Paul, of Berkley. He died Aug. 
15, 1843. O^ ^ company in the local militia of 
Berkle}' he was commissioned Ensign. He was 
"the salt of the earth." (Public Records of 
Berkley ; grave-stones at Assonet Neck, State 
Records in l^oston, and personal knowledge of the 
WTitcr. ) /v^/// ,)  '■ /, ^,t ' ,, ^-^ ^.// .^. ,^ _ /h/' / , 

ICbenezer, the parent, when .standing in the door 
of his dwelling, was struck by lightning and killed. 
The electric fluid is said to have melted one of the 
buckles of his shoes- His wife was at the time 
engaged in milking a cow that was standing near 
the door. The cow was prostrated by the shock 
but the woman escaped unhurt. These are the 
particulars of the event that tradition has pre- 



John Baiuuit and wife, Elizabeth Dean 
(No. 33). had: • - 

loS. }->asnius. Married Eve Wilkinson. 

109. " Dorcas. Married Joel Tubbs. 

1 10. John. ^Tarried Lydia Leonard. 

111. Bcnijah. , . ' • 
ri2. Ebche;icr. Lived single. 

113. Eh"zabeth. Married, 1782, Abiel Hatha- 
way of Freetown. He was cropped for the crime 
of forgery, a part of one of his ears being cut off 
by a sherifT of Bristol County, in conipUance with 
a sentence of the Court. This punishment was 
pubhcly administered on the ''Green" at Taun- 
ton, in the presence of a large number of specta- 
tors, one of whom, many years after, communi- 
cated a minute account of the transaction to the 
writer of this gencalog\-. Abiel Hathaway was 
born Dec. 16. 1759. and was third son and eighth 
child of IkMijamin Hatiiaway and wife, Mary Davis ; 
grandson of Jacob IL'ithaway and wife. 

114. Esther. Married Nov. 21, 1781, Capt. 
Charles Strange, of Freetown. He died May 17, 
1834. She died Nov. 13, 181 i, in her 49th year. 

115. George.; I • . 

116. Dean. 1767, married Elizabeth Hatha- 
way, of Berkley. He died 1843. ,„ »f/?,v/, / \ I1[k 

117. A daughter, that probably was not mar- 
ried, died young. (^Tradition. ) * \ 

John l^abbitt, -the parent, was born Aug. 2, 


1733. He was a son of Capt. I^enijah l^abbitt 
and wife, Dorcas Jones, Capt. lienijah was born 
July 19, 1705, and died January I9, 1786. Dor- 
cas, the wife, died Nov. 11, 1778, in her 73d year. 
John Babbitt was a grandson of Edward Babbitt, 
Jr. and wife, Elizabeth Thayer. Edward Babbitt, 
Jr. was born July 15, 1655, and united in marriage 
with Elizabeth Thayer Dec. 22, 1698. She was 
his second wife. 

Benjamin Dean (No. 34) and wife, Mary 
Turner, had: 

1 18. John. Never married, Lost at sea. 

119. Gamaliel, born 1762. He died May 23, 

120. Sally, born 1763. Married Philip Hath- 
way, of Ereetown. She died April i, 1850. 

121. Benjamin, born April i, 1765. Married 
Hannah Nichols. He died May 17, 1837. She 
died Aug. 24, 1842. (See grave-stones in Eree- 

122. Aaron, born 1766. Married Elizabeth 
Weaver of Ereetown. He died Jan. 17, 1805. 
She died Aug. 13, 1855, aged 85 years. (See 
grave-stones in Berkley.) 

123. Moses, born 1769. He died Nov. 5, 

124. Patience, born 1773. Lived single. She 
died June 20, 1824. Near thg close of her life 
she became insane. 

ijean gknealogv.  157 

125. Susan, born 1774. Married Jolin Pliil- 
lip.s, of Berklc)-. He was born Jan. 18, 1765. 
She died Nov. 8, 1856. (Public Records of Berk- 
ley and grave-stones in Freetown.) 

126. Samuel. Married Hannah Hinds, of * 
Middleborough, that part now Lakeville, Both 
buried in Berklev. 

127. Joseph, born 1780. Married Elizabeth 
Tew, of Berkley. He died June 30, 1855. She 
died Oct. 14, 1843, aged 56 years. (Sec grave- 
stones in Berkley.) 

128. Kbenezer, born 178-. Married Oct. 25, 
1 8 10, Elizabeth Chace, of Freetown. He died 
Oct. 26, 1825. She died Dec. 1865. Both buried 
in Fall River. At the date of his death they re- 
sided in Freetown and his remains were interred 
there, but afterward removed to a cemetery in 

V Fall River. 

James Dean (No. 35) and wife, Elizabeth 
Jones, had: 

129. James, born 1756. Married Esther Dean / 
(No. ioo), of Dighton, that part now lierkley.' \/ 
He died April 24, 1823. She died Dec. 29, 1819. 

130. Mary, born 1 761. Married twice. First, 
*^ David Dean, of Taunton. Married second, Janu- 
ary 30, 1793, Abner Burt (No. 135). of Berkley. 
She died July 1 1, 1 836. Abner lived to a great 

131. Samuel. 

158 i>i-:a\ c;em-:al(kjv. 

i 132. Betsey, born 1769. Married, Sept. 18, 

1794, Levi Dean, of Freetown. She died Aug, 
i 22, 1836. He died Nov. 19, 1840, in his 73d 

i year. Me was elected a Selectman of Freetown in 

I , * 1 80 1, and held that office three years. (See Pub- 

! ' lie Records of Freetown and grave-stones in that 

I town.) 

• 133. Ezra, born 1773. Married Rachel Jones, 

r (No. 142), of Berkley. He died Jan. I2, 1826. 

1 She died June 16, 1850, in her 74th year. Of a 

ij. company of militia cavalry raised in the towns 

i of Berkley, Dighton, F^reetown and Taunton, Ezra 

I Dean was Captain from Sept. 26, 1806, to 18 12, 

I and Justice of the Peace for Bristol county from 

!  1811 to Jan. 12, 1826; also Selectman of Berkley 

for one year. (See State and Town Records and 

134. Phebe. 

Abner Burt and wife, M.\KV Dean (No. 36), 

135. Abncr. Married twice. He married, 
second, Jan. 30, 1793, Mrs. Mary Dean (No. 130), 
the widow of David Dean, of Taunton. She died 
July I I, 1836. She was born in 176 1. Of the 3d ^ 

j Regiment of Bristol County Militia Abner Burt 

i was Adjutant from Dec. 7, 1795. to 1810. That 

Regiment embraced the Militia of Taunton, Digh- 
! ton, Berkley and Raynham. 

136. Dean, born 1779. Married, May 29, 1806, 


Polly Crane, of Berkley. He died May 24, 1856. 
She died Dec. 25, 1855, aged Jl. He was Mod- 
erator of the annual town meeting in lierkley one 
year; Selectman three years; and Deputy Sheriff 
for Bristol County for many years, and was re- 
markably efficient and reliable as an officer. 

David Dean (No. 37) and wife, Lydia Jones, 
had : 

137. Asa. 

138. David, born 1772. Married twice. First, 
Betsey Hathaway. She died Nov. 24, 1800, aged 
22 years. Married second, Feb. 30, i8o4,Tryphana 
Dean, of Berkley. She died March 5, 1863. aged 
78 years. He died May 8, 1837. (See Public 
Records of Berkley, and tomb-stone in that town.) 

139. Williams was simple minded and never 
married. Cared for by a guardian. 

140. Olive, born 1776. Married, 1796, Guil- 
ford Hathaway, of Freetown. He was born at 
Freetown, Aug. 31, 1769, and died in the West • 
Indies July 15, 1802. She died March 31, 1838. 
(See Public Records of P^reetown and grave- 
.stone in the new cemetery near Assonet Village, 
in Freetown.) 

141. Lydia. 

Zephaniah Jones and wife, Rachel Dean 
(No. 39), had: 

142. Rachel, born 1776. Married Ezra Dean, 



Esq. CXo. 133), of Berkley. She died June 16, 
1850. He died Jan. 22, 1826. (See grave-stones 
in Dean cemetery on Assonet Neck, in Berkley.) 

143. Susannah, born 1777. Lived single. She 
1 died Dec. 24, 1857. 


[- Ezra Dean (No. 42) and wife, Silence Dan- 

I ' FORTH, had : 

144. Ezra, born Aug. 22, 1736. ^^ 
\ 145. Bethiah. 

i 146. Abel. Married Mary Thayer, of Taun- 

147. Obed. Married Wealthy Thayer of Taun- 

148. Jesse. Married Ruth White. 

149. Doratha. Married Micah Leonard, of 

150. Jemima. Married David Lincoln, of Nor- 

151. Sarah. Married Thomas Willis, of Eas- 
, ton. 

Stethen Dean (No. 43) and wife, Hannah, 

152. Hannah, born Dec. 28, 1736. Died Jan. 
8, 1737. . 

153. Stephen, born April 30, 1747. Married 
Hannah Robinson. 

Mat. Richard Godfrey and wife, Theodora 
Dean (No. 44), had : 

DKAN (;KNIiAL()(;V. IHl 

154. job, born in I74,2- Married Abigail 
Jones, of Raynham. lie died in 18 13. She died 
Nov. 2S, 1S14, in lier 70th >'ear. H(-' was widely 
known, and justly celebrated for eminence in his 
profession as a ph)'sician, as was also their son, 
Dr. Jones Godfrey, who died in Taunton. Dec. I 1, 

155. Theodora. Marrieil twice. I''irst, Lieut. 
Josiah Robinson, of Raynham, an officer in the 
provincial army in the " French and Iniiian War," 
and after his death, she, on the 30th of December, 
1783, became the wife of Capt. y\biel Peirce, of 
Middleborou^h, a Captain in the "French and 
Indian War" (1760), and Captain in patriot 
army in war of American Revolution (1775 and 
1 TiC) ) . Capt. Abiel Peirce died Dec. 26,1811, and 
was buried in a cemeterv near the old muster held 
known as "MUXUM CikoLND," in Middleborou^h. 
He was a son of Ebene/.er IVirce and wife, Marv 
Hoskins; (grandson of Isaac Peirce, Jr. 

NkUKMIAII Df.AN (Xo. 47) and wife had: 

1 56. Oliver. 

157. ICnos. Married Williams. 

* Dr. Jones (^(jdfrey, as a " Ireethinker," \va> greatly iit.idvancc 
of the times and th<- people of that section of ccmntry in which he 
lived, l>ein^ an ori^in.iior rallier tlian an imitator. IIe>'eldom col 
lected any pay for his services as a physic'an; and, ju>t l>cf ^re his 
death, burned his account hooks for fear, aN he said, that in collect- 
ing; his legal dues some poor |)crs()n might thereby he distressed. 
y\nd yet the author of that thought and practicer uf the generou-s 
sentiment was an .\thei>t. ^ 


Jamks Dkan (Xo. 48) and wife h.ul : 

1 5<S. lulwaid. Married Joanna Williams. 

159. Hannah. Married Nclicmiah f loward, of 

Solomon Dkan (No. 49) and wife had: 

160. .Solomon. 

161. Richard. 

162. S)'lvester. 
16,^. Abi.sha. 

164. Nathaniel. 

165. Hrenton. * v 

Sktu Dkan (No. 51) and wife had: 

166. Celia. 

167. Caleb. 

168. Rebecca. Married John Andrews, of 

169. Anna. Marritcl j'iobinson. 

170. Seth. Married IMiebe Dean. 

171. Lavina. Married .Abiatha Richmond. 

172. Prudence. Married Jacob .Austin, of 

173. Walter. Married Chloe Wilfiams. 

Kl.KANAll Dkan (No. 52) and wife had : t 
I 74. . I'Jkanah. 

I'J.l.siiA Di:.\N (No. 54) and wife had: 

175. I'Jisha. Married Hannah Hall, of Nor- 
ton. 4 

DKAN (;k\i>:ai.()(;\. 


U II. MAM Dkan (No. 55) and wife. Lydia 
LkoxakI). had : 

176. ICIijah."^ 

177. Ashbcl. 

178. William. Resided in Mansfield. 

179. Linus. 

I So. Saveiy. • 

iSl. C>TIIS. 

(iK()K(;i-; J>KA.\ (No. 56) and wit'e had: 

1.S2. Geor«Te. Married Wealthy Dean. 
iSv Abiatha. 

^IciIAl^oi) Dkan (No. 58) and wife had: 
1 84. .Samuel. 

155. Abner. 

156. Ichabod. 
i<S7. John. 

iSS. Paul. ^ 

-^:i)\\AKi) 1)i;a\ (\.). 60) and wife had: 

1.S9. .Micah. 

190. lVrr\-. , 

191. I'^duard. 
19.; James. 

I9,>- Residi'd at Newport. 
194- Seth. Died Oet. 26. I 770. 

195. MoUie. Died .\u<.^. 9. 1770. 

I'Al I, Dk.W (No. 61 ) and wife had: 

196. .Seth. 


l'»4 DEAN (;knkai.o(;v. 

197. Nathaniel. 


i ; 


ii i«).S. Paul. 


|, Sll.A.^ Dkan (No. 62)aiul wife iiail: 

199. Silas. Dicti in I .S44, aijcd 90 years. 

200. Lot. 

Pllll.ll' l)\.\\ (No. 69) .uul wife hati : 

201. Philip. Married Abigail Maconiber. of 
i|,' Taunton. .She was a daughter of John Maconi- 
'; ber and wife. Abij^aii Padelford, }Ti-anddau<.jhter of 

Thomas Maeonibcr, who was born April .30. 1679. 

,' and fjreat ^Tanddau^jjliter of John Maconiber, Jr.. 


jv- and wife, Ann;i I'A-ans, who were married Jul)' 16, 


202. Calvin. Married Ksther Heverh'. 
20^. Poll)-. Married John Maconiber, of laun- 

lon. Ihc)' removed to Oldham. 

Josi.Mi \)\:\s (No. 71) and wife had: 

204 rinu)thy. 

205. Josiah. Lived in Killini^ly, Conn. 

206. I^dmund. Lived in Paris, Maine. 

207. Asa. Lived in Paris, Maine. 

208. Abraham. Lived in Hebron, NLaine. 

209. Jacob. Lived in O.xford, Maine. 

210. Zaddock. Lived in .Maine. 

211. Hannah. Lived in Pari.s. Maine. 

212. Ruth. Lived in Oxford, Maine. 



IsKAKl. Dl.AN (No. "JZ) and wife had 
213. (iidcon. 



216. Hannah. 

217. Mary. 

Job Dean (No. 74) and wife had: 

218. Nathaniel, born April 29, 1754. Married 
Klizabeth Cobb. He died Dec. 19, 1822. She 
died Sept. 2"] , 1839. 

219. Job. Married Werdin. of Ches- 
hire, Mass. 

220. Walter. Resided in Dalton, Mass. Mar- 
ried — Hathaway. 

N<3AH Dean (No. 75) and wife. ELIZAHErif 

Hathawav, had : 

221. Noah. Lost his life in French War. 


222. Abiel. Married Abigail White, of Nor- 

223. i^lizabeth. Married John Dennis. 

HE^•JA^^l^ Dean (No. 89) and wife, Meki v 
Barrows, had : 

224. Samuel. l^ied June 6, 1840, aged 85 
years. Considerable of a genealogist. 

225. .\bijah. Died of consumption while yet a 
young man. 

226. David. Married Mary Dean (.No. 130). 

4: 16(i DKAN ( .i:nk.\i,c)(;v 


h Ife was killed b)' falliiii; from a house. After his 

h  death she became the wife of Abner liurt. Jr.. of 

if Herkley (No. 135). (See patjje 158 of this book.) 

I 227. Luther. Married Margaret Strobridc^e, of 

Middleboro'. that part now Lakeville. 

Isaac Dkan (No. 90) and wife, Kac iiKi, Sta- 
ri.KS. had :  

228. h'Jiphalet. Horn 1 771 . 

229. Isaac. Horn l'"eb. 12, 1781. Married 
Koba Martin, of Hancock, 

230. Elijah. liorn 1783. Married. A\\^. 8," 
1805. Deborah Mowland. of I-'reetown. She was 
born Sept. 2], 1782, and died Ma\- 15. 1850, ano 
was buried in what is now LakevilK'. She was a 
daughter of (ieori,fc Howland and wife. Deborah 
Shaw; granddaughter of Isaac llowland and 
wife, Catherine Howard, and great-granddaughter 
of Joshua Howland and wife, Doratha Lee. 

231. Benjamin. Horn 1788. Married 

Allen, of Middleborough. 

Ei.iiAii Dkan (No. 91) and wife had: 

232. William. He went to Vermont. 

233. Charles. 

234. A daughter. 

John .Sanfokd and wife, Sarah Dkan (No 
99), had : 

235. Sophia. Married, Feb. 7, 1799, Rev. 
riiomas Andros, of Berkley. She died Feb. 13, 
1843, and was his second wife. He was born at 

DKAX (.KNKAI.niiV. 167 

Norwich, Conn., May i-. 1739- lit' diccl Dec. 
30, 1845. His first wife was Abigail Cutler, of 
Killingly, Conn., to wlioni lie was married Ma}' 
iS, 1784. 

236. Esther. Married Capt. John DiUin^ham, 
of Berkley. Of a company in the local militia 
of Bcrkle)' he was commissioned Captain Nov. 13, 
1795, and was also a Justice of the Peace for the 
Count}' of iSristol at a later period in his life. 

237. .Sarah. Married,. Ma\- 3. 1775, Seth 
Winslow . of Bcrkle}-. 

B.\RZI1,L.\ Ha'III.WV AV. Esq., and wife. I'RI.srii.i.A 
Dean (No. 104). had : 

238. Asahel, horn l'"eb. (4. 1792. Married 
Jane Eddy, of Middleboro. 

239. Joseph I)., born Oct. <S. 1793. Married 
Betsey I'orter, of Berkley. He died Jan. 12. 1870. 
She was born Ma}- 24. 1795, and died March 23, 
J 860, and was a daucjhter of Tisdale Porter, of 

ConcerninLj John Dean (No. 118;, it has al- 
ready been stated in this genealo^Mcal account that 
he never married, which statement is true ; and }-et 
hv was the ancestor of quite a number of j)ersons 
that claim the surname of Dk.\N, and also claim 
to be members of this branch of the family and to 
being allied to it by blood, and these have ever 
had, and still continue to have, that claim undis- 
putedl}- allowed by other members of the Dean 

I' I 

1>)8 PEAN (;knealoc;y. 

1) family, as well as by " t/w rest of tnatikijid," and to 

il- leave them all out of this jjfcnealofjy, under those 

(• circumstances, is what the writer does not feel au- 

{.. thori/.cd to do ; and to <^ive their names simply as 

! the lineal descendants of John Dean (No. iiS), 

r neither naminjTj or alluding to any wife of his as 

their mother, would of itself excite a suspicion ; 

and hence, I am compelled to make a " clean 

breast" of the circumstances and facts, as these, 
; from public records qnd traditions, are proved to 

'( . have existed, and to do which will first present, 

" verbatim et literatim,'' what appears upon the 
I " . public records of Freetown concerning that matter : 

\ (Book 2d, Page sgj.) 

j "John I^ean of Dighton Entree! his intentions 

1 of Marriage to Elleoner Payn of freetown August 

1; y* \0)^^ r78o. 

V ** Phimt Haihawav Jr 

-, " Town Clerk." 

(Book jdy Page ij6.) 
" John Dean (so called) son to Eleaner Payne, 
' , \ was born March 26''' 1781. 

" VVti-liam Ennis 

"Town Clerk." 

) ' Thus it appears that in a little less than seven 

* months after John Dean, of (what was then Digh- 

ton, but now) Berkley, made public his intention 
to marry Elenor Payne, of Freetown, she gave 
birth to a male child that she named " Joh\ 
Dean," as John Dean (No. 118) .she alleged was 

DKAN {;i:nk\i.O(;v. l<Jt> 

the father, although she- hatl become a mother 
without rcceiviiif]^ a wedding ring, and tradition 
adds that between the date of pubHcation of inten- 
tion of marriage and that of the birth of the child 
John Dean (No. i i8) had gone upon a voyage to 
sea, from which voyage he never returned, and was 
supposed to have been drowned. Upon this evi- 
dence of the case we take the liberty of accepting 
John, the son of Elcnor Payne, born March 26. 
1781, as (No. 240) of this genealog)-. 

Elenor Payne, the mother, on the 31st day of 
January, 1787, became the wife of John Kvans, of 
Freetown, and on the 30th of July in that year, or 
less than six months after marriage, she gave birth 
to another child. Elenor Payne was a daughter of 
Ralph Payne, of Freetown, and wife, Elizabeth 
Harlow, grand-daughter of Thomas Payne, of Free- 
town, and wife, Susanna Haskell, and great-grand- 
daughter of Ralph Pain, of Rhode Island, and 
afterward of Freetown. I'^lenor Payne was born 
in or near the year 1758, and died Oct. 18, 1842. 
John Evans was born Nov. 16. 1747, and died 
January 27, 1806. He was a son of John Evans, 
of Freetown, and wife, Ruth VVinslow. 
John Dean (No. 118) a i ul ■■» ift> had : 
240. John, born March 26, 1781, Married, 
Oct. 26, 1806, Mary Chase, of Freetown. She 
was a daughter of Philip Chase, of Freetown, and 
wife, Mary Read ; grand-daughter of Seth Chase ; 
grcat-grand-daughter of Walter Chase, born Oct. 


!)\ 170 DKAN (iE'lNEAl.OCiV. 

«f , 23, 1684, and married Deliverance Simmons Jan. 

S| 29, 1707; and threat - great - grand-daiii(hter of 

|| l^enjamin Chase. John Dean (No. 240) with 

Mary, his wife, removed to the nortlierly part of 
11 the State of (^hio and lived near Rollersville. 

Both are dead. 

I'Hir.ll' IIaih.WVAN and wife. Sa1-I,V Dkan (No. 
I 20). iiad ; 

241. I'hihp, born Sept, 11, 1789. Married. 
May 31. 1.S18, Diadama Hathaway, t)f Freetown, 
She was born Sept. 24. 1798. They removed 
to the northerly part of the State of Oliio, where 
1k' purchased hinds at a place called " Black 
Swamp." near Rollersville. Both are dead. 

242. Lucy, born February 15, 1794. Married 
Oct. 28. 1810. Stephen Barnaby. of Freetown. 

ij . He was a Selectman of h>eetown one year and an 

I .Assessor seven years. He was born April 6, 

1789, and died (in the same house in which born) 
Oct. 8, 1844. She died 1861. He was a son of 
Ambrose Barnaby and wife. Bhylena Bicot ; 
<^aandson of Capt. Ambrose Barnaby and wife, 
Flizabeth Gardiner, and great-grandson of James 
liarnaby, Jr., and wife, Joanna Harlow. • 

Philip Hathaway, the parent, was a son of Bhilip 
Hathaway, Jr., of Freetown, and wife, Lucy Valen- 
tine, and born June 4, 1765; grandson of Philip 
Hathaway. Sen., of Freetown, and wife, Martha 
Simmons; great-grandson of Ensign Jacob Hath- 

AM IN I)i:\\ (No. \2\) aiul wife. IIWNAM 
Niciioi.s, had : . 

243. Sinai, born March 24. 17S9. Married 
Doct. Seth P Williams. She died Xov. 19. 
1850. He died Ma\- 23, 1862. 

244. John, born April 6, 1792. Married 
twice. First. Xov. 8, 182 1. Catherine Nichols. 
She died Nov. 29. 1832, and he married, second. 
Lydia Andres, of Berkley. He died Sept. I2, 
1863. He was a rejiresentative to the General 



i>F,.\N (;k\k.\i.(»(;\ . 171 

awa)', of Freetown, and wife, Philip Chase; j^reat- 1 

•rrcat-jifrandson of John Hathaway, Jr.. of Taun- 
ton and afterward of Prectown. and ^reat-^reat- 
great-j^randson of John Hathaway, Simi., who re- 
sided in thai part of ancient 1 aunton, now Berk- 
lew John Hathaway, .St.-ii., was a .Selectman of 
Taunton in 16S1-82-83 ami 1684: Representative 
to tile (ieneral Court in 1680—81-82-83 and 1684, 
and aL,'ain in 1691 . 

Joiin 1 lalhawa), Jr., was a Selectman of Free- 
town in 1687 aiul 1688. 1698—99. 1700-01. 1706— 
07-0S-09, 1711, 1713 ;uid 1719. or. in the whole, 
thirteen \ears. ^ 

ICnsiijn Jacob 1 lalh<iv\a)- was first chosen a Se- 
lectman of I-'reetown in 17 16, and, b\' successive 
elections, scrx'ed in office twent\"-fivc years. 

Philip Hathaway, .Sen., was elected a Selectman 
of P'reetown m 1757 and served eight years. He 
was Treasurer of that town three years. 




172 DKAN (;K^KALO(;^. 

Court from Freetown in 1850. (See Public 
[ Records of Freetown and gravc-stoncs.) 

|, 245. Benjamin, born March 24. 1794. Mar- 

ried twice. I^'irst, Oct. 2. 1817, Louisa Bessee, of 
Rochester. He obtained a divorce from her, and 
married, second, Rosamond Hathaway, of Free- 
town. He died April 30, 1854. He was buried 
in New Bedford. 

246. George, born April [7, 1796. Married, 
Oct. 3, 1824, Lois P. Hathaway, of Freetown. 
He was a Selectman of Freetown in 1856. He 
died Sept. 29, 1876. She died March 22, 
1868. (See grave-stones in Freetown.) He 
served in the coast-guard stationed at and near 
New Bedford in the last war with Fngland. 

247. Mary, born June 5, 1798, Married, 
January, 1832, Adino Paddock, of Freetown. She 
died April 16, 1842. He died May 20, 1872, 

i , aged 87 years. (See grave-stones.) 

'  248. Patience, born March 24, 1801. Mar- 

j ried Thomas \V. Pearcc, of Freetown. He died 

j; May 31, 1853. He was by trade a shoemaker. 

249. Hannah C. born Aug. 4, [803. Mar- 
ried, March 27, 1823, James Evans, of Freetown. 
He died July 8, 1864. He was born May 23. 
1800. He was by trade a shoemaker. Removed 
to and located in the northerly part of the State (jf 
j Ohio, near Rollersville. He was a son of John 

' I Evans and wife, Lienor Payne. n 

l\ Benjamin Dean, the parent (No. 121). was 

DEAN GENKAl.lX.V. 173 

Poundkoepcr of Freetown twenty-two years. Con- 
stable eight years. (See Tublic Records of Free- 
town.) He tiled May 17. 1837. aged "Jl years 
I month 16 days. Hannah, the mother, born Dec. 
31. 1764. died Au!.,^ 24. 1842. (See grave- 
stones.) ^ , 

A.\K(<N Di.AN (No. 122^ and wife. Ki.l/.AiiLTli 
Wkavkk. iiatl : 

250. Jon. ithan \\'., born Jul}- 5, 1791. Mar- 
ried. Nov. 26, 1812, Abigail Nichols, of Free- 
town, lie was drowned in Assonet River June 
7, 1845.*' She died Dec. 29. 1844, aged 51 
vears. (Town Records, recollections of the writer, 
and grave-stones. ) 

251. Mary, born Dec. 9. 1793. Lived 
single. She died I'eb. 27. 1862. 

252. Anna, born April 21. 1796. Married 
William Nichols. 

253. Sarah, born June 19. 1798. Married 
twice. I'irst, Zephaniah luldy, of New Bedford. 
He died, ami she married, second, Jesse Coolidge. 

254. t Aaron J., born April 6; 1800. Mar- 
rietl Alice Webb, of Jk>rkle\-. 

* His n.-inie was Jon.itliaii Weaver Dean, aiul he w.i.s usually 
callcil Weaver Dean insteat! of Jonathan \V. Dean. Though 
ilrowned, his feet, when he was found -lead, .still remained in hi> 
lioat, hut his head was in the water. 

t His name was .\aron JelTerson Dean, and lie wa> usually 
known as yefferson Dean, the .\aron sehlom hcin^; applied. 

Tj 174 DKAN (.km-:ai.u(.\. 

255. Susan, born Ma\- 19, 1.S02. Married 
Doct. Artc.nuis Stc-bbcns, of Swansea, lioth arc 
i I dead.  

I 256. John v., born Au»^. i.S. i }^04. Married 

|v Mary I). Williams, of Freetown. He died Dec, 

h . 1S78. 

*5 Aaron, the father, dietl January 17. 1S05, in 
the 39th year of his a;^e. Elizalieth Weaver, the 
mother, died Au'^^ 13. i855,a<;ed 85 years 11 
months. She was a daughter of Jonathan Weaver 
and wife. Mary , and born Sept. 10. 1769. 

J(JUN rillll.ll'S and wife. SusAN Dkan (No. 
123), had: 

257. John. I le learned the trade of a hatter, 
went West, and diet! not far from the Mississippi 
River. (Tradition. ) 

25S. Mary, born March 13, 1801. (Family 
Record.) Married, i'"eb., 184O, Jason Hathaway, 
of I'Veetown. He was born Nov. 8, i 779, and died 
Nc 3, 1853. Slie was his second wife. .She died 
June 19, 1881. (Public Records of Freetown and 

259. Mf)ses. 

260. -Aaron. 

261. Joseph. M.uried .Margaret Terry, and 
settled in Ohio. 

262. Silas. Married twice. 
26V Susan. Ne\er married. Died. 

DEAN ^;K^KAI.<)(;^ . 175 

SANtlKl. DKAN (No. 1 26) and wife, Hannah 
Hinds, liad : 

264. Rodah. boni Januar}' 12, 1815. Married 
W'illard Tripp, of Tauntcni, where they now reside. 
'265. Gardner, born June 18. 1816. Mis rc- 
hgious experiences and labors appear in the auto- 
biography to which this genealogical account is 
appended. He married three times. I'irst, Chir- 
risa White. His til ird wife was Mar)' Lcgore. who 
survived him. He died Nov. 25, 1882. 

266. Nancy, born July 12, 1818. M.irried 
Hon. Walter Dean Nichols, of Herkfe}, wiiere tliey 

267. I'Vanklin, l)orn .\pril 9, 1820. Never 
• married. He was killed b)- the accidental dis- 
charge of a iiun. 

268. Walter, l)<)rn .May 10. 1822. 

269. Samuel, born Dec. 31, 1823. Married 

270. Anna Hathsheba, born Oct. 14. 1826. 

271. (1. M. l)e Lafayette, born .Nov. 2, 1828. 
Married Ann iJean, a daughter of John Hean (No. 
244), of I'Veetown, and wife, Catharine Nichols. 

272. John H., born Dec. 31, 1830. Lived 

JOSKI'II DKA.N (No. 127) and wife. IJI/AUKIII 
Tew, had : 

273. Klizabeth, l)orn May 31, 1807. Married 
David Olnev, of P'all River. 

ll 17«; DKAN (;KNr..\i,()(;v. 

■j- . 

j{ 274. Abi^^ail, born March 28, 1809. Married 

* Henry Wilbur, of Little Compton, Rhode Island, 

f j . and afterward of I'all River. She died May 29, 


3'75. Mary L., born April 16, 181 1. Married 



i[ Rodolphus Allen, of Fall River. 

276. Joseph G., born March 9, 1813. Married 
twice. First, Phcbe Sawyer. Married second, 
Lucinda Palmer, of W'estport. 

2yj. Henry N., born April 13, 1815. Married 
ICllen Win^, of New Bedford. 

278. Moses, born May 4, 1818. Married 
Hannah Ikownell, of Fall River. 

279. Rebecca, born May 26, 1821 ; died Dec. 

31. i«^36. 

280. Sarah J., born March 29, 1S23. Married 
(fcorge Taj'lor, of Little Compton, Rhode Island. 

281. Benjamin A., born Feb. 10, 1826. Mar- 
rie<l Nancy VVardcll, of Fall River. 

282. Susan K., born Sept. 20, 1828. Married 
Benjamin F". Coombs, of Middleborough 

Joseph, the father, died June 30, 1855, ai^cd 75 
years. Elizabeth Tew, the motiier, died Oct. 14, 
1843, aj^ed 56 years. Their home was upon As- 
sonet Neck, in Berkley, on that side next Assonet 
River near what is familiarly known as the " Nar- 

1Ciu:ni:zkr De.\n (No. 128) and wife, EUZA- 
MKIH CilASK, had: 

L»E.\.N r.h;.NhAi,()(;v. 175 

SANtiKi. Okan (No. 126) and wife, Hannah 
KIiN'Ds, had : 

264. Rodah, born J.inuar)' 12. nSij. Marriod 
Willard Tripp, of TauntcMi, whore they now reside. 
'265. Gardner, born Jjne 18, 1816. Mis re- 
ligious experiences and labors appear in the auto- 
biography to which this <xenealop[ical account is 
appended. He married three times. Kirst, Clar- 
risa White. His third wife was Mar)- Legore, who 
survived him. He died Nov. 25, 1882. 

266. Nancy, born July 12, 1818. Married 
Hon. Walter Dean Nichols, of lierktev, where they 

267. I'Vanklin, born .April 9, 1820. Never 
• married. He was killed b\- the accidental dis- 

charjje of a <ain. 

268. Walter, born .May 10, 1822. 

269. Samuel, horn Dec. 31, 1823. Married 

270. Anna Hathsheba, born Oct. 14, 1826. 

271. (i. M. I )e Lafayette, born Nov. 2, 1828. 
Married Ann Dean, a daughter of John Dean (No. 
244), of l*Veetown, and wife, Catharine Nichols. 

272. John H.. born Dec. 31, 1830. Lived 

JoSKl'il Dkan (No. 127) and wife. I'J.IZAl'.KIU 
Tkw. had : 

273. Lli/.abeth, born May 31, 1807. Married 
David ( )lnev. of I'.ill River. 



17«; DEAN (iKNF.AI.lKiV. 

274. Abi^uiil, born March 28, 1809. Married 

I Icnry Wilbur, of Little Compton, Rhode Island, 

fj. and afterward of I'all River. She died May 29, 

t 1883. 

2'75. Mary L., born April i6, 181 1. Married 
Rodolphiis Allen, of Fall River. 

276. Joseph G., born March 9, 181 3. Married 
- twice. First, Phebe Sawyer. Married second, 
Lucinda Palmer, of VV'estport. 

2yy. Henry N., born April 13, 1815. Married 
ICllen Win<^, of New Bedford. 

278. Moses, born May 4. 1818. Married 
Hannah Brownell, of Fall River. 

279. Rebecca, born May 26. 1S21 : died Dec. 

31. ^^3^- 

280. Sarah J., born March 29, 1823. Married 

(ieorge Taylor, of Little Compton, Rhode Island. 

281. l^enjamin A., born Feb. 10, 1826. Mar- 
ried Nancy VVardcll, of FaW River. 

282. Susan E., born Sept. 20, 1828. Married 
Hehjamin F. Coombs, of Mitldleborou|^h 

Joseph, the father, died June 30, 1855, aj^cd 75 
vears. Elizabeth Tew, the mother, died Oct. 14, 
I , '^43. a^ed 56 years. Their home was upon As- 

sonet Neck, in Berkley, on that side next Assonet 
River near what is familiarly known as the " Nar- 

l^HENEZKK Dean (No. 128) and wife, Eliza- 
HErii Chase, had : 


299. Rebecca, born Aug. 12, 1808. Died j; 
September 10, 1808. Buried in Berkley. }. 

300. James M., born Aug. 6, 1809. Married |' 
Caroline Dean, of Freetown. He died Dec. 16, ^ 
1857. She died a few years later. { 

301. Rebecca, born Aug. 25, 181 1. Died 
June 26, 1816. Buried in Berkley. 

302. Rachel, born July 3, 1815. Lived single. 
Died March, 1873. 

303. Fanny, born June I2, 181 8. Married 
Jonathan Crane, of Berkley. She died in the West. 
He was a son of Col. Adoniram Crane and wife, 
Clarissa Dean (No. 344). 

David Dean (No. 138) and wife, Betsey ,.' 

Hathaway, had: 

304. Betsey, born May 2, 1797. Married 
Joseph Read, of Freetown. He was a son of 
George Read and wife, Isabel Evans, grandson of 
Joseph Read and wife, Mary Cornell. 

305. David, born Nov. 6, 1798. He is a phy- 

... .J 

By second wife, TrypHENA Dean had : 

306. Catharine, born Sept. 25, 1804. Married 
Israel Dean, of Taunton. 

307. Abiatha, born Sept. 7, 1806. Died July 
26, 18 1 2. He was bitten by a rabid dog and died 
of hydrophobia. Buried in Berkley, Mass. 


308. Frederick, born Oct. 6, 1808. Married 
Phebe . 

309. Ebenezer, born Aug. 7, 18 10, Married 
Sally Babbitt. He died April 20, 1881. 

310. Charles P., born March 5, 1813. Married. 

311. Enos VV., born January 15, 181 5. Mar- 
ried Hepsabeth Eaton. 

312. Thomas F., born Dec. 21, 18 16. Mar- 
ried Lydia Babbitt, of Berkley. 

313. VVealtha, born Feb. 28, 18 19. Married, 
1839, Enoch Boyce, Jr., of Berkley. He is dead, 

314. Abiatha, born Oct. 25, 1822. Married 
Sarah Glen. 

Guilford Hatmawav and wife, Olive Dean 
(No. 140), had : 

315. Lydia D., born March 6, 1798. Married 
Nov., 1824, Dca. Ambrose VV. Hathaway, of Free- 

i, town. He was a Selectman of Freetown five 

I ' years. Assessor three years, and Representative to 

I the General Court one year. She died March 5, 

i- 1883. He lives in Brighton, Mass. 

316. Guilford, born May 2, 1800. Married 
Nov., 1824, Sally B. Hathaway, of Freetown. He 

j died Jan. i, 1882. She died Sept. 2, 1876. He 

was a Deputy Sheriff for Bristol County from 
March 18, 1853, to 1873, or some twenty years; 
Treasurer of Freetown twenty-three years ; Consta- 
ble about thirty years, and Representative to the 


General Court one year. Both buried in the new 
cemetery near Assonet Village in Freetown. 

317. Edmund, born May, 1802. Married, 
1824, Hannah Terry, of Freetown. He died May, 
1869. In the " Assonet Light Infantry " Co., 
he was commissioned Ensign July 27, 1827, pro- 
moted to Lieutenant July 13, 1829, and discharged 
at the disbandonment of that Company, May 30, 
1 83 1. He was a Selectman of F"reetown two 
years, and Representative to the State Legislature 
one year. 

Ezra Dean (No. 144) and wife had: 

318. Archelaus, born Oct., 1772. 

319. Lucy, born Feb. 13, 1774. Married 
Richard Newton, of Little Marlboro. 

320. Olive, born April 12, 1776. Married 
Wm. Shaw, of Raynham, Mass. 

321. Phebe, born July 12, 1778. Married 
Seth Dean. . 

Abel Dean (No. 146) and wife, Mary Til\yer, 

322. Abiel. Married Mehitabel Dean. 

323. Wealtha. Married George Dean. 

Obed Dean (No. 147) and wife, Wealtha 
Thayer, had : 

324. Bethiah. Married David Lincoln, her 




325. A son. 

326. A daughter that died young. 

RoRiNSON and wife, Anna Dean (No. 

169), had: 

327. Rebecca. Was employed in Britannia 
Works, Taunton, 

328. Hannah, 

Seth Dean (No. 170) and wife, Piiebe Dean, 

329. Martin, born June, 1790, Died of con- 
sumption wlicn about 30 years of age, 

330. Amelia, born June I2, 1792, Married 
Godfrey Briggs. 

331. Cronuvell, born Jan, 23, 1794. Died of 
consumption when about 40 years old. 

if 332. Melinda, born May 11, 1796. Died of 

consumption when about 22. 

333. Foster, born Sept. 9, 1798. Died of 
consumption Sept, i, 1828, 

334. Delia, born May 12, 1800. Lived in 

335. Melvin, born Jan, 26, 1802. 

336. Tisdale, born Feb., 1804. Married Mary 

337. Lorenzo, born 1806. Lived in New Bed- 

Walter Dean (No. 173) and wife, Chloe 
Williams, had: 



338. Betsey. Married James Lee, of Fall 

339. Deborah. Married Barney Lincoln, of 

340. Hiram. "Married. 

341. Maria. Never married. Died. 

Elisha Dean (No. 175) and wife, Hannah 
Hall, had : 

342. Alonzo. 

WiLLLVM Dean (No. 178) and wife had: 

343. William. Married Brittain. He 

died in or near 1844, at Easton, Mass, 

David Dean (No. 226) and wife, Mary Dean 
(No. 130), had: 

344. Clarissa, born 1783, married Col. Adoni- 
ram Crane, of Berkley. She died July 30, 1842, 
aged 59 years. (See grave-stones in Berkley.) 

Col. Adoniram Crane was elected Town Clerk 
of Berkley March- 5, 18 10, and held that office 
nineteen years ; chosen Selectman of that town 
March 4, 1822, and served in that capacity four- 
teen years ; Moderator of annual town meeting 
April 13, 1837, and served fourteen years; 
Representative to the State Legislature in 18 16, 
1817, 1818, 1831, 1832 and 1833; Justice of the 
Peace from 1818, and for several years on the 
Board of County Commissioners as Special Com- 



missioner. In the local militia he was commis- 
sioned, June 23, 1 8 14, as Lieutenant, from which 
he was promoted to Captain May 25, 18 16; Major 
Sept. 18, 181 7, and Colonel Feb. — , 1820. He 
was quite distinguished as a school teacher and 
also as an instructor of vocal music. 

David Dean, the parent, was killed by falling 
from a staging while shingling a house, and Mary, 
his wife, thus made a widow, became the wife of 
Abner Burt (No. 135), of Berkley. 

Luther Dean (No. 227) and wife, Margaret 
Strohridge, had: , 

345. David, married Susan Clark, and resided 
at Clearmont, N. H. 

346. Luther, married Fanny Dean. He died 
Aug. 5, 1833, aged 44 years. 

347. Abijah. Resided in State of New York. . 

348. James. Resided in State of New York. 

349. Noah. Resided in Clearmont, N. H. 

350. Andrew. Resided in Bangor, Me. 

351. Calvin. Married Eliziv A. Hundley, May 
15, 1836. 

352. Sophia. Married Parmenius Heard, of 
Clearmont, N. H., and removed to the State of 
New York. 

Elii' Dean (No. 228) and wife, 

Mason, had : 

353. Daniel. Resided in Wayne County, New 


354. Isaac. Resided in Wayne County, New 

355. Kiler. Resided in State of Ohio. 

356. Seth. Di(;d in or near 1841. 

357. Samuel. Resided in Wayne County, New 

358. Benjamin. Resided in Wayne County, 
New York. 

Isaac Dean (No. 229) and wife, Roba Martin, 
had : 

359. Simeon M., born July 26. 1804. Mar- 
ried Harrison, of New Ashford, and they 

resided at North Adams, Mass. 

360. Benjamin, born March 17, 1806. Mar; 
ried Dewy, of Lenox, Mass. 

361. Stoel E., born April 18, 1809. Married 
Phillips, of Adams. They resided in Pitts- 
field, Mass. 

362. Horatio N., born Feb. 19, 18 12. Married 
Bowen, of Adams, Mass. 

363. Alanson P., born Feb. 19, 181 2. Mar- 
ried Wood, of Cheshire, Mass. 

364. Esther C, born Feb. i, 18 14. Married 
Robinson. Resided in Richmond, Vt. 


Elijah Dean (No. 230) and wife, Deborah 
HOWLAND, had: 


365. P>ancis D., born March 8, 1822. Married t 
Pierce, of Ohio, and resided at Adams, 


366. Horatio. He went to sea and never re- 
turned. Unmarried when he left home. 

367. Joanna. Married twice. First, Clark 
Finney, of Middleborough, that part now Lake- 
ville. Second, Watkins. 

368. Gamaliel. 

369. Emeline. Married William Atwood, of 
Providence, Rhode Island. 

370. Sarah. 

The remains of Deborah, the mother, were in- 
terred in a cemetery near what is called the 
" Ledge," on the Taunton and New Bedford rail- 
road, and her grave marked by a handsome slab 
of white marble, bearing inscription, that was 
Greeted by her daughter Sarah. The cemetery is 
in Lakeville. 

John Dean (No. 240) and wife, Mary, 
had : • 

371. Mary. Married Jerre Niles King, and re- 
moved to Ohio. He was killed by accident on the 
railroad in going to or returning from California, 
and his widow resides in Sandusky County, Ohio, 
not far from Rollersville. 

372. William, born March 13, 1810. Married, 
March 20, 1837, Huldah Rouosevell, of East Free- 
town. He died March 10, 1880. She died Dec- 
ember, 1880. He was a Selectman of Freetown 
four years. Representative to the General Court in 
1873. Huldah, the wife, v/as born March 21, 


1816. Both are buried in the new cemetery near 
Assonet Village, in Freetown. 

373. Ellen. Married Wm. Whitford. 

374. Philip. Married twice. He and both his 
wives are dead. He resided for a time in Wren- 
tham, Mass., and removed to Ballsville, Ohio. 

375. Luther. Never married. Died. Buried 
in the Evans cemetery, in Freetown. 

376. James. Married. 

377. Ruby. Married Hatch, of Fall 

River. They removed to Ohio. He died, and 
she removed from Ohio to Nebraska. 

378. John. Married. Resides in Ohio. 

DocT. Seth P.Williams and wife, Sinai Dean 
(No. 243), had : 

379. George D., born January 9, 1824. Mar- 
ried, April 26, 1864, Eliza Miller, of Fall River. 

In the three months service in late war of Great 
Rebellion ( 1861 ) he was a Sergeant of Company 
G of 3d Mass. Infantry Company, commanded by 
Capt. John \V. Marble, regiment commanded by 
Col. David \V. Wardrop. In the three years' serv- 
ice in the 29th Regt. Mass. Infantry, under Col.Ebe-. 
nezer \V. Peirce, he was a Sergeant, Second Lieu- 
tenant, First Lieutenant and Captain, his commis- 
sions taking rank as follows: Second Lieutenant 
from Jan. 27, 1863 ; First Lieutenant from May 21, 
1864, and that of Captain from June 8, 1864. 

380. Mary D., born January 1 5, 1825. Mar- 


ried John T. Dean (No. 256), of Berkley. He 
died Dec, 1878. 

381. Mercy, born July ij, 1826. Married, 
Sept. 1 1, 1848, Abel Bessey, of Fall River. 

John Dean (No. 244) and wife, Catherine 
Nichols, had: 

382 Esther, born Sept. 24, 1822. 

383. Ally N., born April 14, 1824. Married 
twice. First, Ebcnezer Wood. He died, and she 
married, second, Henry Smith. 

384. James N., born March 31, 1826. Resides 
in the State of Ohio, near Rollcrsvillc. 

385. Ann, born ,182 . Married G. 
M. D. Lafayette Dean (No. 271), of Berkley. 
They now reside in Dartmouth. 

386. Ambrose, born June 1,1831. Married, 
April 29, 1868, Mrs. Rosamond A. Eason, of Free- 
town. Her maiden name was Read. She was a 
daughter of William Read, of Freetown, and wife, 
Eliza Staples : grand-daughter of John Read and 
wife, Rosamond Hathaway. 

Benjamin Dean (No. 245) and wife, Louisa 
Bessey : 

That Louisa Bessey, while the lawfully married 
wife of Benjamin Dean (No. 245), gave birth 
to a male child, probably none will deny; and 
why the name of that child is not embraced 

DKAN (;knkai.()(;v. 189 | 

in this genealogical account, and that it is not also 


allowed to be represented by what would ordina- 
rily be its proi)er number, viz. : 387, becomes the  
writer's imperative as well as disagreeable duty to \ 
explain, for after minutely explaining, as he has 
already done in the case of John Dean (No. 240) > 
who, born out of wedlock and of a woman bearing . 
the sirname of Paine, should be acknowledged to 
belong to the Dean family and receive that family 
sirname, the question naturally arises, why one 
bom in zvedlock, whose mother's married name was 
Dean, should be excluded? 

To this it is answered that Benjamin Dean (No. 
245) unequivocally and utterly denied the pater- 
nity of the child born of his wife, Louisa Bessey, 
and the concurrent circumstances were sufficient to 
convince the court to which the case was sub- 
mitted that he was not. thus deciding that the child 
was a fruit of adultery, and for the commission of 
which act of adultery on the part of Louisa, the 
wife and mother. Benjamin Dean, the husband, . \ 

obtained a legal divorce. 

This is one of a class of facts that a genealogi- 
cal writer is certain to be blamed for explaining, 
and equally certain to be blamed if he leaves it to - 

go unexplained ; for the genealogist has no moral 
or legal right to add to the list the names of more \ 

children than parents are found to have had, nor i 

has he the right to leave out the name of or a • 

proper allusion to any such child or children that t 

■y - ' 



I . 

he shall find sufficient evidence to still exist or to 
have existed. 

But, in a case where the legitimate paternity of 
one child is questioned, publicly or privately denied 
by its near connections, and that question is upon 
the public records of the town of its birth, strength- 
ened by the use of a mark of interrogation, it is 
perhaps both the wisest and safest course to leave 
such child, its name, date of birth, etc., cn- 
entirely unnoticed.* But, in an instance like that al- 
ready given, in which the truth and legality has been 
decided in the courts of justice, the case is dififerent, 
and its explanation rendered both safe and neces- 

Benjamin Dean (No. 245) and second wife, 
Rosamond H.ithawav, had : 

387. Elizabeth C, born June 22, 1823. Mar- 
ried, July 31, 1845, George W. Pickens, of Free- 
town. She died , 1881. 

388. Fanny P., born April 20, 1827. Married, 

Nicholas Hathaway, of Free- 
town. They now reside in Fall River. 

389. Helen M., born April 7, 1831. Married, 

 Note. — Precisely such a case as described exists in this branch 
of the Dean family, but not in the particular family of Benjamin 
Dean (No. 245), and this explanation is designed and it is hoped 
will prove sufficient to account for as a reason why the name of 
that child is also omitted. 


March 9, 1851, Valentine Hathaway, of Freetown. 

They reside in California. l 


George Dean (No. 246) and wife, Lois P. i; 

Hatiiawa^', iiad: ; 

390. An^elinc, born May 13, 1828. Married,  

, 18 . Joseph D. Hathaway, of Berkley. 

391. George H., born May 26, 1829. Married 

twice. First, January 15, 1852, Nancy Barnaby. of ' 

Freetown. She died Feb. 29, 1876, and lie married, 
second, June 10, 1878, Sarah Smith, of New Bruns- 
wick. She was born Sept. 10, 185 i. . , 

392. Ik^ijamin F., born May 15, 1832. Died_ [ 
June 25, 1833. (See grave-stones in Freetown.) 

393. Lois C, born May i, 1835. Died July 
3, 1835. (See grave-stones in Freetown.) 

Thomas W. Pearce and wife. Patience Dean 
(No 248) had: 

394. Thomas W., born Dec. 20, 1824. Died 

in California Oct. — , 1848. (See grave-stone.) ; 

395. Rhoda S., born Nov. 14, 1826. Married, 


396. James M., born July, 1829. Married 

Susan G. Elms, of Taunton. He died Sept. 5, 1877. ^ 

James Evans and wife, Hannah C. Dean (No. 
249), had: 

397. Ellenor. Married Joseph Jennings, of 
Rollersville, Sandusky County, Ohio. 


398. James. Lived single. Died. 

399. George. Married Lucinda Boardman, of 
Frceport, Ohio. 

400. Benjamin F. D. He was a soldier in the 
Union army in war of great Rebellion, and died of 
disease therein contracted. 

401. John. He was a soldier in Union army, 
and died from the eflects of exposure and hard- 

402. Everett. Married Susan Hoffman. 

403. Joseph. Married Asenath Parker. 

James, the parent, was a son of Jolin Iwans, Jr., 
and wife, Ellenor Pa) ne, was born May 23, 1800; 
grandson of John Evans, Sen., and wife, Ruth 
W^inslow ; great-grandson of David I'^vans and 
wife, Sarah Bailex'. John Evans, Jr., was born 
Nov. 16, 1747, and died January 27, 1806. John 
Evans, Sen., was born Oct. 16, 1707. Sarah Bailey, 
the wife of David ICvans, died Saturday, Septem- 
ber 15, 1750, and was buried on the next Monday. 
She was a member of the Congregational Church 
in Dighton. She was a daughter of John ]^ailey, 
of Weymouth and afterward of PVeetown, who 
was elected a Selectman of F'reetown June 2, 
1685, and died June 22, 1686. Anna, the widow 
of John l^ailey, became the wife of Thomas Train- 
tor, of P^reetown, who probably lost his life while 
serving as a soldier in " KiNG WiLLlAM'.s War," 
as in 1692, she was again a widow. She died in or 
a little before October, 1699. She was a daughter 


of John liournc and wife, Alice liisbcc, and was 
born in 165 i ; married Jolin Bailey May 9, 1677. 

Jonathan Weaver Dean (No. 250) and wife, 
Abk;aii, Nichols. 

Abif^ail, the wife, became a mother, but Jona- 
than W. Dean, the husband, denied being the 
father of her child, and his lonj^ absence at sea 
just before the date of the child's birth rendered 
it probable that he was not; and hence, as in the 
case of Benjamin Dean and wife, Louisa Bessee, 
we shall in this genealogical account assign to that 
child neither " a local hahitatioti " or " a name'' 

Jonathan \V. Dean, in consideration of the cir- 
cumstances above cited, is said to have remarked 
to his cousin, Benjamin Dean : " We may laugh 
together y but not at each other." 

William Nichols and wife, Anna Dean (No. 
252), had : 

404. William. Married Dean, of Fall 


405. Moses. Married Lydia Ripley, of Fall 

406. Anna. Married Appleton Hubbard. 

407. Peter. Married three times. First in 
North Carolina, second in California, and third, 
Sarah W. Hathaway, of Berkley, Mass. He died 
1873. She resides upon Assonet Neck in Berk- 

.ley. The thanks of the writer of this genealogy 


194 I)p:an (;enkai.()(;v. 

are due to her for much valuable information, as 
also to her brother, Mr. Bradford G. Hathaway, 
of that town. They are the grandchildren of En- 
sign Kbene/.er I'eirce and wife. Sally Gilbert (No. 
97 of this genealogy). 

40S. A son. Died young. 

Aaron Jkkkkrson Dkan (No. 254) and wife. 
Alice Webb, had : 

409. Caroline. Married Allen, of New 


410. Aaron. Married Sarah Pierce, of New 

411. James. Married Sarah . He died 

a soldier of Union army, in the late war of great 

412. Elizabeth. Married Benjamin Almy, of 
Fall River. 

413. Josephine. 

414. Theodore. Died at the age of 15 years. 

415. Orrin l^'owler. 

VVlLLARl) Tripi* and wife, Rlion.V S. Dean 
(No. 264), had : 

416. VVillard D., born 1839. In the three 
months' service of Union troops in late war of the 
great Rebellion he served as a non-commissioned 
officer in Company G, commanded by Captain 
Timothy Gordon, of Taunton, and regiment of 
Col. Abner B. Packard, of Quincy. In the three 


years service he was commissioned Captain of 
Company I' in 29th Rcgt. Mass. Infantry, to rank 
from December 13. F(S6i.* Married. 

417. Frank. 

418. Luceanna. 

Ri:v. G.\RI)NKK Uk.\N (No. 265) and wife. 
C.ath.akim: WiriTE. had: 




Hy second wife had : 

422. Gardner. ^ 


By third wife, M.AKV LK(;(>kE. had: 

424. John. 

Ho.N. Wai.TKK D. \1( IIoI.S and wife, N.ANCV 
Dkan (No. 266), had: 

425. Mar\- A. Married three times. l''irst, 
Klhanan In^r.iUs. of Di^liton. Divorced. Mar- 

* Dec. 15, l.S()i. \va> the ilaif .\l winch the 2<>tli Kc;:iineni of 
.Massachusetts Infantry \v.i> organi/ecl, and Kbcne/er \V. Peirce, 
<»f Freetown, coiiiniissioned t'olonel of the >anie. Companies .\, 
H and K of the 29th Ma.ssachusetts Regiment were raised mainly 
in Boston. Company C in East r.rirlgewater, E in Plymouth. F in 
Freetown and Taunton, (I in I'awtuckel, il in ('hark*st<»n and I in 


ricd, second, Charles Hancock. Divorced. Mar- 
ried, third. Alfred R. Street, of Paterson, New 

426. Walter D. Married Harriet Tilton, of 
Detroit, Kansas. Settled at the West. 

427. Nancy. Married Doct. Freeman. 

428. Caroline M. Married Judson Alden, of 
Providence, Rhode Island. 

429. Emma. 

430. Sarah K. Married George M Boyce 
(No. 550), of Berkley. They reside in Berkley. 

431. James II. Died younj^. 

432. James M. 
Y .. 433. Frank H. 

Hon. Walter D. Nichols, the parent, was elected, 
March 17, 1845, ^ Selectman of Berkley, and 
served in that office twelve years; chosen Town 
Clerk Feb. 10, 1851, and served one year; Mode- 
rator of annual town meeting, March 7, 1859, 
and served as such eight years ; Representative to 
the General Court in 1854, arid one year a mem- 
ber of the Mass. Senate. He is a farmer and re- 
sides on Assonet Neck in Berkley, Mass. 



Samuel Dean (No. 269) and wife, MOR- 

RELL. had: 

434. Morrell. 

435. A son. 

436. A daughter. 


David Olney and wife, Klizabetii Dean (No. 
273), had: 

437. George VV^ 

438. Josephine. Died young. 

439. Eugene. Died. 

440. James H. Married Cornelia Snow, of 
Fall River. 

441. Abby E. Married VVardell, of Fall 


442. David B. Died young. 

443. Mary R. Married Baker, of Fall 


444. Georgianna. Died young. 

445. Anna. Married Edward Almy, of Fall 

Henkv WiLHi'K and wife, Aiu(;aii. Dean (No. 
274), had : ^ 

446. Philip H. Married Sarah Winslow, of 
Fall River. 

• 447. IClizabcth. Killed by a horse. 

448. Lydia. Married Albert Manchester. 

449. John P. Married Hannah Brownell. 

450. Abby. Married Oscar Lawrence. 

Rouoi.rjius Ai.i.EN and wife, Marv L. Dean 
(No. 275), had : 

451. Rodolphus W. Married Amanda Davis, 
of Fall River. 



452. Mary Jane. Died youngj. 

453. Mary P.. Married Bradley N. Ashley, of 
Fall River. 

454. Henry R. Married twice. First, 


455 Joseph. Married Brownell, of Little 


456. Albert J. Died young. 

457. Albert H. Died young. 

5 458. Adelbert H. Married Brownell, of 

Little Compton. 

459. Lewis V. Married Campbell. 

460. Klla V. 

Joseph G. Dean (No. 276) and wife had : 

461. Phebe A. Married Jacobs. 

462. Joseph H. 

463. Elizabeth. 
464 Clara B. Married Macomber. 

465. Charles. 

Henry N. Dean (No. 277) and wife, Ellen 
Wing, had : 

466. Mary. Married James Allen. 

467. Ella E. 

468. Henry. Killed by accident. 

469. Frank. 

George Taylor and wife, Sarah J. Dean (No. 
280), had : 

1)EAN (IKNEAl.CXiV. 199 

470. Goor<;c F. Married Sarah Hrownell, of 
Little Comptoii, Rhode Island. 

471. Josephine. Died of cankerash at the age 
of 16 years. 

472. Harriet. Married Frank Simmons, of 
Little Compton, Rhode Island. 

473. Mar>'. Married Warren Kempton. 

474. Minnie. Married George Hubbard. 

475. Andrew. 

476. John. 

477. Albert, 

Benjamln a. Dean (No. 281) and wife, Nancy 
Wardeli., had : 

478. Fmily. Died young. 

479. Elizabeth. Married Kstabrooks.* 

480. Harriet. 

481. Minnie. 

Ben'JAMIN I'. CooMHs and wife, SusAN F. DEAN 
(No. 282), had: 

482. Isabella F. Married Charles Davis, of 
Somerset, Mass. 

483. Lizzie D. Married Myron French, of 
Fall River. 

484. Joseph S. Died young. 


Frank H. Died of lockjaw. 
Joseph E. 
Charles S. 
Caroline M. 


489. Benjamin F. 

The tlianks of the writer of .this genealogy are 
due to Mrs. Susan, the mother, for valuable infor- 

Ebenezer Dean (No. 283) and wife had: 

490. Ebenezer. 

49 1 . Sarah • 

Gardner Dean (No, 285) and wife, 

Westgate. had : 



By second wife, RACHEL Pearce, had : 


Andrew Borden and wife, Eli/a Dean (No. 
286), had: 

496. Abby. Married. 

497. Eliza. 

498. Andrew. Married Helen Bliss, of Fall 

William Shaw and wife, Dean 
(No. 287). had: 

499. Abby. Married Wright. . 

500. William. 


Darius Dillingham and wife, Betsey Dean 
(No. 288), had: 

501. John J., born July 4, 1824. Is a farmer; 
resides in Berkley, Mass., on a farm that has been 
owned by many successive generations of his an- 
cestors of the Dean family, 

502. Esther D., born May 27, 1826. [The 
thanks of the writer are due to her for essential 
service rendered in valuable information freely 
given pertaining to facts embraced in this gene- 
alogy of the Dean Family.] 

503. James, born June 7, 1828. Married 

Harris, of Freetown. She is dead. 

504. Sophia, P. D., born Feb. 26, 1830, 

King Dean (No. 295) and wife, Betsey Law- 
ton, had : 

505. Ann, born Jan. 3, 1819. 

506. Ik'njamin D., born April 5, 1820. Mar- 
ried Rogers, of Colchester, Conn. He is a 

507. Charles H., born Nov. 29, 1821. Mar- 
ried, Oct. 19, 1847, Louisa M. Peirce, of Somer- 
set, Mass. He died July 22, 1882. She was born 
Jan. 26, 1824. She died April 9, 1877. 

508. George W.', born Nov. 4, 1825. 

509. James O., born March 23, 1827. 

Ebenezek Newiiall and wife, Eliza Dean 
(No. 296), had : 


510. Fanny. Married Knapp, of Rayn- 

511. Barney. 

512. A son. 

Ebcnezcr Nevvhall, the parent, died in Havana, 
March 6, 1829, being in his 29th year. Eliza, the 
mother, died Oct. 16, 1841, in her 44th year, and 
her remains rest in the family cemetery in Free- 
town, and grave marked by a white stone bearing 
an inscription. 

Jonathan Crane (No. 568) and wife, Fanny 
Dean (No. 303) had: 

513. F\inny F. 

514. Adoniram. , 

515. A son. 

516. CaroHne. 

Dr. David Dean (No. 305) and wife, Mer- 













By second wife. 

Nancy : 




524. Martha. 

i)p:an (;p:nealo(;y 


ISRAKI. l)i:\N. Jr.. anci wife. Ca IMARINK Df:aN 
(No. 306). had : 

525. Ik'tsc) . MariiocI Win. Pierce. 

526. James J. .  

527. David W. 

Tlic parents, Israel Dean, Jr., and Catharine 
Dean, were married Dec. i. 1824. (See Public 
Records of lierkley. ) 

Frkdkrk K Dkan (No. 308) and wife had: 

528. Charles F. 

529. James E. Married Clark, of Berk- 


530. David. Married Clark, of Berkley. 

Ei5ENK/,KR Dkan (No. 309) and wife, Sally 
C. Bahhi'IT. had : 

531. Albert F:. 

532. Lillie. born March 2^ , 1852; died May 
15, 1876. (See grave-stones in Berkley.) 


Charlks p. Dkan (No. 310) and wife had: 
533- Tryphena. 


i\ son. Died young. 








Enos W. Dean (No. 311) and wife, Hepsa- 
BETH BAi'.nnT, had : 

541 . Josephine. 

542. Helen. 

543. Thomas. Killed in the late war of Great 

544. Horace. 

Thomas F. Dean (No. 312) and wife, Lydia 
BAI?HnT, had : 

545. A son. Died young. 

546. Charlotte. 

Enoch Boyce, Jr., and wife, VVeai.tha Dean 
(No. 313), had: 

547. Elizabeth. Married Jethro Ashley. 

548. Abby J. Married Charles Chase, of 
Portsmouth, Rhode Island. 

549. Tryphena. Died at the ago of 14 years. 

550. George E. Married Sarah Nichols (No. 
430), of Berkley. 

AniATHA Dean (No. 314) and wife, Sakah 
Glen, had : 

551. Charles F. 

552. Rosa. 

553. LilliC- 

Tlsdale Dean (No. 336) and wife, Mary 
Andrew.s, had : 


554. Mary H., born June 27, 181 5. Married 
June I, 1 837, L. Rich, and resided in Frankfort, 

555. Francis T., born Nov. 6. 1817. 

556. William B., born. Jan. 14, 1820. 

557. l^li/.abeth C, born March 6, 1822. 

' 558. Xathaniel G., born Aug. 7, 1824; died 
August 4, 1826. 

559. Clarissa R., born Nov. 9, 1826. 

Barney Lincoln and wife, Deborah Dean 
(No. 339), had: 

560. James B. 

561. A son. Died young. 

562. Maria L. 

Coi,. Adonira.m Crane and wife, Clarissa 
Dean (No. 344), had: 

563. Anna. Married, June 21, 1829, •Benja- 
min F. Cornell, of Berkley. Of local militia in 
Berkley he was commissioned Captain, May 23. 
1 83 I, and held that office until his death, March 
20, 1833. She died April 9, 1835, aged 32 years. 

564. John, born June 10, 1805. Married 

* For a long time, and until April 12, 1828, the local militia of 
Berkley was organized as two companies, but at that date one com- 
pany was disbanded, and the non-commissioned officers and private 
soldiers made to constitute a part of the other and only company 
remaining in town, and of which Giles Leach was then Captain and 
Benjamin V. Cornell Lieutenant. 


Abi^^ail I'ish. lie died Oct. 23, 1877. She died 
Dec. 25. 1S64. aged 57 years and 13 days. (See 
grave-stones in I'Veetown. ) 

Of the " Wellington Ligii 1 Ixkamkv Co." * 
of Dighton. John Crane was Captain from Aug. 
19, 1S26, to iS2<S. (See Roster in Adjutant-Gen-, 
eral's office. State Mouse, Ho.ston.) 

565. AdoniranL Married Judith Fish. Moved ! 
to the State of Illinois. ' 

566. Clarissa. | ... . 

567. I hebe. ) 

568. Jonathan. Married Fannv Dean (No. 
303), of Berkley, and moved to the West, where 
she died. 

569. Charles S. C. Married. 1843, Mil- 
ler, of Dartmouth. Went In the " NoKTON 
Artillekv Company "t he was commissioned, 

* The " Wi.i.i.i.NirioN l,ii;iii Imamuv" was organi/.ed Sep- 
tember 23, 1 82 J. The successive c.iptains, with dales of commis- 
1,  • sions, were: Henry Bowen. of Wellington, Sept. 23, 1823; John 

' : Crane, of I'.erklcy, August 19,1826; Leonard Gooding, of Digh- 

ton, Eehruary 11, 1828: William Walker, of Dighton, April 7, 
1832; George W. 15. Atwood, of Dighlon, May 7, 1833. What once Wellington is now a part of Dighlon. 

' t The Ni>Rr<)N .\Krii.i.i.KV C'omi'anv was organized Oct. 31, 

I- ' 1776, and served the country in three wars, viz. : the " A'tvo/u- 

fionary," the "Last War with England," from i8l2 to 1815, and 
the ** War of Great Rebellion,'" having for some 80 years main- 
tained its organization and kept uj) its uniform. In 1843, this com- 
pany was made to constitute a part of the 4th Kegimcnt of Artillery, 
Wendall Hall, of Plymouth, Colonel; Ephriam B. Richards, of Bos- 
ton, Lieut. -Colonel, and Ebenezer W. Peirce, of Freetown, Major. 



May, 1844. Second Lieutenant. Promoted to 
First Lieutenant in 1845. Honorably discharged 
in 1847. 

570. Ezra. 

Simeon M. Dean (No. 359) and wife. 

Harrison, had : 

571. Charles K., born in or near 1827. 

Benjamin Dean (No. 360). and wife. 

Dewy, had: 

572. Henjamin F, 

573. A daughter.  \ 

574. A daughter. 

575. A daughter. 

Horatio X. Dean (No. 362) and wife. 

Bowen, had : 

576. Ransom H. 

577. Isaac H. 

578. Samuel. 

579. A daughter. 

580. A daughter. 

Alanson v. Dean (No. 363) and wife. 

Wood, had : 

581. Simeon XL 

582. Francis B. 

583. A daughter. 


Jeremiah Niles Kinc; and wife, Mary Dean 
(No. 366), had: 

5S4. Candice. Married Charles Green, of Fre- 
mont, Oliio. 

585. Joseph. Married Maria Hawk, of F"re- 
mont, Ohio. 

586. KUen. Married Bricc Bartlett, of Fremont. 

587. Mary. To whom thanks are due for in- 
formation concerning this family. 

588. Harriett. Married Osborn Cook, of Salem, 

589. Henry. Married twice. First, Anna 
Whitney, of Rollersville, Ohio. Married, second, 
Mary Dorsey, of Rollersville, Ohio. 

William Dean (No. 367) and wife, Huldah 
Rounsevill, had : 

590. William R., born Aug. 22, 1836. Mar- 
|, ried, Oct. 29, 1863, Eliza E. Macomber, of Frec- 
l|' town. She was born Oct. 8, 1839. He died of 

I ' consumption August 17, 1882. (See Public 

Records of Freetown.) 

William Whitford and wife, Elenor Dean 
(No. 368), had: 

? I 

591. William H. Married Cornelia Taylor, 
:! . of Providence, Rhode Island. 

592. Andrew. Married Mary Constable, of 



593- John. Married Loueza Emory, of New 
York city. He died April 8, 1883. 

594. James. Died when about 22 years of age. 

* Philip Dean (No. 369) and second wife, 
Amelia Set riT, had: 

595. Addic. Married twice. First, Harrison 
Zimmerman, of Fremont, Ohio. Married, second, 
Wm. West. 

596. Ellen. Married John Moore, of Balls- 
ville, Ohio. 

597. Philip. Married Jennie Hychew. 

598. Wallace. Married. 

James Dean (No. 371) and wife, Lavina 
WlIlTCOMB, had: 

599. Clarence. ' 

600. Isabel. 

Gideon Hatch and wife, Ruhv C. Dean 
(No. 372;, had: 

601. Luther. Born March 9, 1841. Died 
January 31, 1844. (See grave-stone.) 

602. Luther. Married Anna Stevens. 

603. Gideon, lived single. . . 

* The first wife of Philip Dean (No. 369) was Alvira Cook, and 
she bore six children, of whom four died young and two lived to 
attain about 21 years of age. These facts were received by the 
writer too late to give each child's name a proper place in this 
genealogy, as also the names ot the children of John Dean (No . 
373^ and wife, Parintha Cook, which were six in number. 



(George W. Pickens and wife, Elizabeth C. 
Dean (No. 387), had: 

604. John W.. born July 9, 1846. Married 
Mrs. Martha Ilolloway, of Taunton. Her maiden 
name was Southworth, and her native place that 
part of Middlcborough now Lakeville. 

605. Isadora, born Feb. 22, 1848. 

606. Clara W., born Sept. 19, 1851. Married 

Anthony, of Freetown. They reside in 
Fall River. 

607. lienjamin D., born July 15, 1859. Died 
Aug. 4, i860. 

Nicholas Hatiiewav and wife, Fannv P. 
Dean (No. 388), had: 

608. Abicl Nelson, born Dec. 21, 1851. Medi- 
cal practitioner and skillful surgeon. Resides in 

609. Benjamin D., born Jan, 29, 1854. Died 

610. Nicholas. 

Joseph D. Hatiiaw.w and wife, AnG-VLINE 
S. Dean (No. 390), had: 

611. George VV. Born June 3, 1856. 

612. Angle, born P'eb. 20, 1859. Died 
Aug. 12, i860. (See grave-stone in Freetown.) 

I 613. Lois M. Born June 6, 1862, 

[ Joseph, the parent, is a son of Joseph D. Hath- 

j away (No. 239) of this genealogy. 



George Henry Dean (Xo. 391) and wife, 
Nancy Barnaiu-. had: 

614. Stephen H., born July 29, 1855. 

615. GeorLjc, bovn May 31, i860. Married. 
Jan. 1 1, 1883, Anna Hunt. 

616. Lucy B., born Ju!\- 10. i8b2. 

617. A son, born and died Jan. i, i<>l'^. 

Nanc\-, the mother, was a twin daui^htcr of 
Stephen l^arnab)- and wife, Lucy Hathaway; 
grand-daughter of Philip Hathaway and wife, Sally 
Dean (Xo. 120). Seepage 156 of this genealogy. 
George H. Dean, the parent, resides in Providence, 
Rhode Island. 

The following named members of the Dean 
family were accidental!}- omitted in their proper 
numerical order until it was too late to rectifs' the 
error, and hence we add here their names, using 
letters instead of figures to designate each person. 
In the famih- of Abncr Hurt and wife, Mary Dean 
(Xo. 36), see pages 158 and 159. the same error 
also occurred, the names of several children com- 
ing to the knowledge of the writer too late to 
secure a place in this genealogy. 

Stephen Dean (Xo. 153) and wife, Hannah 
RoHiN.SON, had : 

A. Zoeth, born Feb. 22, 1768. Married, Nov. 
29, 1792, Aseneth Gilmore, of Raynham. She 
was born Feb. 22, 177 1. 

. 1 


B. Cassandra, born May 21, 1770. Married, 
May II, 17.S8, Seth Reed, of Di.t^liton. 

C. Stephen, born Oct. 19, 1773. 

D. Arnold, born June 6, 1776. Married, Aug. 
26, 1 801, Clarissa (?) Gushee, of Raynham. 

Zo^TH Dean (No. A) and wife, Asenath Gil- 
more, had : 

E. Cassandra, born Sept. 2, 1793. Never 
married. Died Doc. 24, 1823. 

F. Fanny, born March 26, 1795. 

G. Calista, born Feb. 22, 1797. Never mar- 
ried. Died March 23. 1821. 

H. Eliza, born February 15, 1799. 

I. Lconidas, born Nov. 2, 1801. Married, 
Dec. 26, 1824, Phcbe Bassett, of Raynham. 

J. Myrtilla, born March 15, 1804. 

K. David G., born August 27, 1807. Died 
Oct. 26, 1 8 14. 

L. Clarinda, born June 14, 18 13. 


On page 149— James Dean's age was 86 years instead 
of 96. 

On page 154 — Add that Walter Dean was promoled to 
Lieutenant May i, 1800. 

On page 155 — Dean Babbett, born in 1767, and com- 
missioned Captain March 19, 18 10. 

On page 169 — After Joh.v Dean (No. 118) omit the 
words "and wife," as he had no wife. 


Members of the Gardiner family became emi- 
nently distinguished, and figured honorably and 
conspicuously in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ply- 
mouth and Rhode Island Colonies in the early 
years of New England history. 

Lion Gardiner, an officer in the " Pequot War " 
(about two hundred and fort)--six years ago), was a 
valiant warrior, and especially distinguished as an 
able historian, wielding a sword bravely and pen 
truthfully, and it was to the latter fact named that 
we now owe the ability to verify the truth of that 
poetic prediction concerning much that pertains 
to the first war between races in New England : 

" Long after years the lale shall tell, 
In words of light revealed, 

Who bravely fought, who nobly fell."' 

Lion Gardiner, at least for a time, probably took 
up his residence in Connecticut. 

Thirty-eight years after the "Pequot War" in 
Connecticut came that greatest and most bloody, 
distressing and disastrous of all New England 
conflicts, familiarly known as " KiNG PHILLIP'S 


War," in which the hope of the red man perished, 
actuated and thoroughly imbued, as the Indians 
seemed to be, by the principles of those patriots 
of just one hundred years later, who emblazoned 
upon their banners : 

" Give me liberty or i^ivc me death. " 

Oft- repeated acts of oppression and grievous 
wrong inflicted upon the Indians by European 
settlers had caused the red man to swear eternal 
hostility to the pale faces, and by their conduct 
most unequivocally to say: 

" Awiiy ! Away ! I will not hear 

Of aught but tleatli or vengeance now; 
By the eternal sjcies, I swear. 

My knee shall never learn to bow ! 
I will not hear a word of peace, 

Nor clasp in friendly gras[) a hand 
Link'd to the pale-brovv"d stranger race, 

That work the ruin of our land. 
Before their coming, we had ranged 

Our forests and our uplands free ; 
Still let us keep unsold, unchanged, 

The heritage of liberty. 
As free as roll the chainless streams 

Still let us roam our ancient woods, 
As free as break the morning beams 

'i'hat light our mountain solitudes. 
Their friendship is a lurking snare, 

Their honor but an idle breath. 
Their smile the smile that traitors wear, 

Their love is hate, their life is death." 




In " King Phillip's War" (1675) *Capt. Joseph 
Gardiner, of Salem, as an officer of the Massachu- 
setts forces, conducted himself as bravely as Lieut. 
Lion Gardiner had done in those of Connecticut 
in 1637, or thirty-eii^ht years before, and in *' King 
William's War," 1690-91 and 1692, Lieutenant 
Samuel Gardiner, of the Rhode Island, and af- 
terward of the I'lymoulh Colony, maintained 
the well-earned and richly-merited honors of the 
family name. . 

It is to the personal history of Lieut. Samuel 
Gardiner, of Newport, Rhode Island, and after- 
ward of Freetown and of Swansea, that this article 
will be chiefly confined, and whose lineal descend- 
ants arc herein traced. 

Under date of Oct. 31. 1687, and in considera- 
tion of two hundred and fifty pounds lawful money 
of current silver, Lieut. Samuel Gardiner, of New- 
port, in Rhode Island, purchased of George Law- 
ton, of Freetown, then in the Colony of New 
Plymouth, a farm of about four hundred acres, 
situated in that part of ancient Freetown, which in 
Feb., 1803, was set off and became the township 
of P'all River, and, leaving Newport soon after, 
Lieut. Gardiner came to reside in Freetown. 

* Capt. Joseph Gardiner was shot through tlie head and slain at 
the taking of the Indian fort, December 19, 1O75, in what is now 
the town of Kingston, Washington County, Rhode Island. He 
was one of the first officers that forced a passage into their strong, 
well-constructed and bravely-defended work. 


How Lieut. Samuel Gardiner was regarded by 
his new neighbors cannot be more readily or l) 
learned than by citing the facts that he was llic 
next year (viz., i68<S) chosen a Selectman of 
Freetown, and held that responsible position throe 
years ; he w as also an Assessor two years', Town 
Clerk three years and Treasurer one year, and 
represented the town once in the Colonial Legisla- 
-; ture of New Plymouth and once in that of the 

il Province of the Mass. l^ay, and he was a very ac- 

I tive and effiiccnt member of the Town's Council 

of War. 

The premises that Lieut Samuel Gardiner pur- 
j'j chased at Freetown Oct. 31, 1687, he sold Nov. 

14, 1693, or a little more than six years after the 
purchase, and on Dec. 30, 1693, he and Ralph 
Cha)iman, for seventeen hundred pounds, bought 
of Major Fbenezer Brenton a neck of land in 
Swansea, then known by the Indian name of 
" Metapoisett," but long since familiarly known 
as " Garutner's Neck." 

Lieut. Samuel Gardner and Ralph Chapman 
divided their purchase Feb. 14, 1694, Gardiner 
receiving as his share the southerly part. Lieut. 
Samuel Gardiner was a Selectman of Swansea two 
years, viz., 1695 and'i 696. He died Dec. 8, 1696. 

The following is a true copy of the account of 
his effects, as taken from the Probate records of 
Bristol County, now kept in Taunton: 

"An Inventory of the estate of Samuel Gardin'fer, of 


Swansea, who deceased y* 8 of Decern^ 1696 taken by the 
undenvritten this 15 day of februar>- 1697 and apprized 
as folio weth : 

Imp"" the liouse and land - 

Cattle 10 : year olds, 

1 1 2 year olds, 

5 3 year olds, * - 

15 kind, - - - - 

17 steers and oxen and bull, - 

10 horse kind, - - " - 

97 sheep, - - . - 

Husbandry tacking and tools, 

1 5 swine, . - - - 

I negro. - - - - 

Armor 2 guns and sword, 

Wearing cloths, 

Beds and bedding. 

Tools, - - - - . 

Puter and plate, - - - 

Brass and iron. 

Glass bottles, lumber. 

/"1046 05 00 


" He/,p:kiah Luthkr, ) 
Ralph Chapman. > Pn'zers." 
Jamks Coi.k, ) 

"Bristol this seventeenth of ffeburary 1696-7 Then 
did Elizabeth Gardiner widow and relict of Lieut. Samuel 
Gardiner Late of Swansea Deceased appear before John Baf- 
fin Esqr. Judge of Probate of Wills and within the County of 



























































Bristol and made oath that this Inventory is true and just 
and whon she knows more she will reveal it whether in the 
- chest or elsewhere that it may be hereunto added and re- 

"John Carkv. Register. JohnSafkin." 

Lieut. Samuel Gardiner (No. i) and wife, 
Elizabeth, had : 

2. Elizabeth, born in 1684. Married, Jan 16, 
1699, Edward Thurston, of Newport, R. I. She 
died Sept. 24, 1754. He died April 29, 1727, 
aged 49 years. 

3. Martha, born Nov. 16, 1686. 

4. Patience, born . Married Thomas 

Cranston of Newport, R. I. 

5. Sarah. 

6. Samuel, born . Married Hannah. 

He held the following named offices in the town 

of Swansea: Constable in 1707, Town Clerk and 
Trustee of the town's interest in the Land Bank in 
1721, Assessor in 1722-23-24 and 1725, Select- 
man in 1726 and Grand Juryman in 1729. 

Edward Thurston and wife, Elizabeth Gar- 
diner (No. 2) had: 

7. Edward, born Sept. 8, 1702. Married 
Catharine . He died Nov. 14, 1735. 

8. Elizabeth, born April 3, 1705. 

9. Abigail, born Nov. 18, 1707. Married 
Joseph Gardiner. She died April 9, 1768. 


10. John, born May 14, 1710; died Nov. 4, 

11. Susanna, born Aug. 2, 1713; died Nov. 22, 
1 7 16. 

12. Grindall, born Dec. 29, 1715; lost at sea 
Nov., 1748. ^ 

13. Samuel, born April 21, 1719; lost at sea 
Nov., 1748. / 

14. Gardiner, born Nov. 14, 1721. Married, 
Sept. 16, 1747, Frances Sanford. He was pastor 
of the Baptist Church in Newport, R. I. He died 
Aug. 23, 1802, • - ., 

15. William, born July 13, 1724; died Feb. 13, 

1775- X  

16. Valentine, born Feb. 14, 1726; died in 

Saml'EL Gari)Im:r (Xo. 6) and wife had: 

17. Elizabeth, born Nov. i i, 1708, at about 1 1 
o'clock in the forenoon. Married. July 4, 1728. 
Capt. Ambrose Barnaby, of Freetown. She died 
Jan. 22, 1788. He died April 18. 1775. He was 
born in Plymouth April 20, 1706. He was Mode- 
rator of the annual town meeting in Freetown 
three years, Selectman five years. Assessor four 
years and Town Clerk ten years. (See town 
records of Swansea, Freetown and Plymouth, and 
grave-stones in Fall River.) 

18. Mary, born Oct. 20, 17 10. 

19. Samuel, born Oct. 30, 1712. Died young. 


20. Samuel, born I''cb. 17, 171 7. Married, 

21. Peleg. born , 1719. Married, 
or a company in tlic local militia of Swansea 

he was commissioned Captain-Lieutenant in 1762.* 
Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel of the 1st rcfri- 
ment of the local militia in Bristol County in or 
about 1 77 1, and held that position until 1775. 

22. Patience. Married Doct. John Turner, of 
Freetown, that part now Fail River. His home- 
stead was at what is now called " BcnvENVlLT.E." 

; Capt, Ambrose Barnaby and wife, Elizabeth 

? Gardiner (No. 17), had: 

 23. Mary, born Feb. ii, 1729; diedOct.'i5, 
I " 1742. (Public Records of Freetown.) 

j 24. James, born Oct. 11. 1730. Married Lois 

i Hedge. (Public Records and tradition,) 

J 25. Joanna, born June 26, 1733. .Married, 

I  Nov. 4, 1753, l^enjamin Weaver, Jr., a master 

* ' , mariner, o.f Freetown, .son of 15enjamin Weaver, 

f of Swansea. He was lost at sea in or about 1756, 

i and she married, in 1758, Col. Sylvester Childs, of 

.*.  The local militia of .Swansea in 1762 consisted of three com- 

', panics officered as follows; F'irst company, Pelef^ Gardiner, Cap- 

t tain Lieutenant; Edward Luther, Lieutenant, and Caleb Mason, 

u Ensijjn. .Second conijiniiy, Sanuicl Salisbury, Capt.-iin-Licutcnant ; 

ji " Valentine Bowcn, Lieutenant, and Teleg Cole, I'.nsifjn. 'i'hinl 

)■' company, Sylvester Bowen, Captain; Robert Gibbs, Lieutenant, and 

K Job Peirce, Ensign. When Peleg Gardiner was Lieutenant-Colonel, 

', his Colonel was William Bullock, of Rehoboth; Timothy Walker, 

,,' of Rehoboth, Major, and Christopher Mason, of Swansea, Adjutant. 

(iAKhlNHR eiKM;\I.(i(-,V. 221 

Warren, R. I. She tlied May i8, 1773. (See 
Public Records of Freetown.)* 

26. Samuel, born April 20, 1735. Married, 
Oct. 2, 1757, Sj'lvia Winslow, of Freetown. lie 
was Town Clerk of Freetown five years, Select- 
man six years, Assessor nine N'ears, and repre- 
sented the town in the Constitutional Convention 
of 1780. 

lie was a nicniber of I'Vectown's Committee of 
Correspondence, Inspection and Safety for the 
years I 776, 1778 and 1770- He with his family 
removed to Ilardwick, Mass., and his lineal descen- 
dants went to Vermont, New York and Michigan. 

27. Elizabeth, born Feb. 9, 1738. Married 
twice. First, Ensign Barnabas Canedy, of Taun- 
ton. He died, and she married, second, Lieut. 
Elijah Burt, of Berkley. She committed suicide 
by drowning herself in 1784. He married again 
and removed to Berkshire County, Mass 

28. Lydia, born Nov. 7, 1740. Married twice. 
First, Aug. 20, 1 76 1, Nathan Simmons. Jr., of 
Freetown. He died and she married, second, 
Nov. 25, 1775, George Brightman, Esq., of Free- 
town. He was born Sept. 16, 1721. Commis- 
sioned as a Justice of the Peace for Bristol County 

* Benjamin Weaver Jr., and wife, Joanna IJarnaby, were the par* 
ents of Col, IJenjamin Weaver, an officer of Patriot army of Ameri- 
can Revolution. Gfl. Weaver's oldest daughter, Joanna Weaver, 
born May 8th, 1786, became the wife of Ebenezer Peirce, 
Esq., of Freetown, and mother to Ebenezer Weaver Pierce, the 
writer of this genealogy. 


in Feb., 1765. He was a Selectman of Freetown 
four years, Assessor one year, and Town Treasvirer 
two years. He was commissioned Captain of the 
2d Companx' in Freetown in or about 1755. 

29. Mary, born Dec. 29, 1744. Married Sept. 
13, 1772, Daniel Wilbur, of Swansea. She died 
Aug. 30, 18.03. They were the grandparents of 
Hon. Daniel Wilbur, of Somerset. 

30. Ambrose, born Feb. 11, 1745. Married 
three times. First, Sept. 3, 1769, Elizabeth Wil- 
bur, of Swansea. She died Dec. 23, 1775, and he 
married, second, Phylena Burt, of Berkley. She 
died, and he for a third wife married Abigail Wil- 
liams, of Taunton, who survived him. 

He died June 8, 1802. Of the 2d company in 
the local militia of Freetown, Ambrose Barnaby 
was, in July, 1771, commissioned l'2nsign.* Militia 
companies at that date, like parishes and school 
districts, had territorial limits fi.xcd by metes and 
bounds, and persons liable to the performance of 
military duty were thus divided into companies 
according to their place of residence. Nearly all 
of what was then the territorial limits of the 2d 
company in Freetown are now embraced in Fjll 

* When Amljrose narnahy was Ensign of Second company in 
Freetown, Jail Hathaway was Captain and Samuel Borden Lieu- 
tenant of that company. The commissioned officers of the First 
company in 1762 were James Winslow, CaptAin; George Chase, 
Lieutenant, and Silas Hathaway, Ensign. Third company, John 
Rounsevill, Captain; Elisha Parker, Lieutenant. 


River, anci include but a small part of Freetown. 
Ensign Ambrose Barnaby was Moderator of the 
annual town meeting in Freetown ten years. Select- 
man fourteen years, Assessor one year. Town 
Treasurer two )'ears, and one year a Representa- 
tive to the State Legislature. He lived and died 
on the farm purchased by James Barnaby, his 
grandfather, in 1725, and now owned by the grand- 
children of Ensign Ambrose Barnaby. 

31. Sarah, born May 20, 1748. Married, 1776, 
James Winslow, of Freetown. She died Dec, 
1808. He died April 9, 1836. He was born 
Sept. 2, 1748, and was a son of Lieutenant-Colonel 
James Winslow and wife, Charity Hodges. Charity, 
the wife, was a daughter of Major Joseph Hodges, 
of Norton, who lost his life in the " OLD FRENCH 
VV^VR," 1745, at the siege of Louisburg, Cape 

DocT. John Turner and wife, Patience Gar- 
diner (No. 22), had: 

32. Mary, born 1739. Married, Dec, 22, 1757, 

'The sword worn by M.ijor Joseph Hodpes in the " Old French 
IFar" was wielded by his son, Capt. Joseph Hodges, in the 
" French and I udiau l^Var" about twelve years later, and he fell 
in battle, and the sword was saved and became the property of 
a son of Capt. Joseph, and grandson of M.ijor Joseph Hodges, 
who, as a Lieutenant in the Patriot army of the Revolution, was 
armed with the same weapon, and thus did a " battle blade of 
Louisburgh " become a " SwoRD OF Bunkkr Hill.'' 


Benjamin Dean, of Berkley. She died Feb. ii, 
1824. He died Oct. 21, 1 799.* 

33. Mannali, born Jan. 27, 1741 ; died Sept. 
1 1, 1748. 

34. Gardiner, born Dec. 26, 1742. 

35. Mose.c. born May 6, 1745. 

36. John, born March 23, 1748. He was a 

"^"j . Betsey. Married Col. Joseph Durfee, of 
Freetown, that part which, in Feb., 1803, was set 
off and became the township of Fall River. He 
was the oldest son of that distinguished revolution- 
ary patriot, Hon. Thomas Durfee. Col. Joseph 
Durfee was born April — , 1750; he died Dec. — , 
1841. Nearly half a century ago he wrote and, in 
pamphlet form, published, under the title of 
" Reminiscences," a very interesting and valuable 
account of his recollections pertaining to that lo- 
cality, then the town (now the city) of Fall River, 
and also pertaining to the " FRENCH AND Indian 
War," commenced in 1755; the "REVOLUTION- 
ARY War," commenced in 1775, and the last war 
with England, now familiarly known as the " War 
OF 1812." In that work he said that where the 
most elegant buildings in Fall River then stood, 
and that most densely populated, was, at the date 
of his birth, a wilderness where goats lodged in 

• Benjamin Dean and wife, Mary Turner (No. 32), were the 
grandparents of Reverend Gardner Dean. 


winter. Concerning the wars, he stated that he 
had lived to see our country involved in three 
wars: the French and Indian VV^ir, the Revolution, 
and War of 1812. And he continued: *' In the 
first of these wars wc fought for our lives, and in 
the second for our liberties. He was in active 
field service in the war of American Revolution, 
first as a Captain and afterward as commander of 
a regiment in the army under the immortal Wash- 
ington. CqI. Joseph Durfee spent the evening of 
his days at Assonet Village in Freetown. He was 
liberal and generous almost to a fault. He died 
in December, 1841. 


What is liercin presented concerninfj the Hinds 
family is brief, when compared with the detailed 
account of the lineal descendants of Walter Dean. 
First, because the Hinds family are probably far less 
numerous; and, secondly, that the different modes 
of spelling the sirname of Hinds has made the 
history, biography and genealogy of that family 
more difficult to trace than that of Dean 
through the emigrants, John and Walter, and sev- 
eral other Deans, early comers to America. 

Some of these different ways of spelling the 
sirname have already been alluded to in a note at 
the bottom of the third page, thus: Himes, Hines, 
Hinds, Haines and Haynes ; and this untoward 
circumstance, confusing and bewildering fact, will — 
as in times past, thus in time to come — probably 
continue to prevent as extensive, accurate and 
reliable an account of the Hinds family from 
getting into print as has already been presented 
concerning that of Dean. 

The difficulties alluded to have caused the 
writer to deem it advisable to leave all attempts to 



trace the Hinds family to an earlier member than 
John Hinds, of Bridgewater, ]\Iass., whose sirname, 
as sometimes found upon the public records, was 
spelled Mains, and who with Hannah Shaw was 
united in marriac^e i\ug. ii, 1709. 

John Hinds (No. i) and wife, Hannah Shaw, 
had : 

2. Hannah, born 1710. 

3. Elizabeth, born 1712. 

4. Abigail, born 1714. Married, in 1735, 
Stephen Cobb, of VValpole. 

5. John, born 1717. Married, in 1738, Han- 
nah Lsj'on. 

6. Ebenezer. born 17 19. Married twice. 
First, Susanna Keith, of Bridgewater. She died 
in 1 75 1, and he married, second, Lydia Bartlett. 
She died May 12, iier 67th year. He 
died AprjJ 29, 1812. (See Mitchell's History of 
Bridgewater and grave-stones in»Lakeville.) 

7. Susanna, born 1722. Married, in 1740, 
Henry Chambcrlin, of Jiridgewater. (See 
Mitchell's History of Bridgewater.) 

Rev. Ebp:nezer Hinds (No. 6) and wife,. 
Susanna Keith, had: 

8. Keziah, born 1745. 

9. Salome, born 1747. Married, March, 1768, 
Capt. Henry Peirce, of Middleborough. She died 
June 17, 1784. He died January 22, I79i,aged ! 


about 48 years. (See grave-stones in Lake- 

By second wife, LVDIA Bartlett, had : 

10. Ebenezcr, born 1753. Married, April 30, 
1775, Charity Canedy, of Middlcborough, that 
part now Lakeville. She was born June 5, 1754. 

11. Bartlett. Married, Dec. i, 1780, Ruth 
Pickens, of Middleborough. 

12. Susanna, born May 18, 1757. Married 
James Strobridge. 

13. John, born Sept. 19, 1759. Married Olive 
Valentine, of PVeetown. He died Oct. 4, 1830. 
She died Dec. 27, 1845. (See grave-stones.) 

14. Leonard, born Aug. 19, 1761. Married, 
1784, Mary Rounsevill, of Freetown. She died 
Sept. 3, 1833, aged 72 years. He was a 
drummer in the Patriot Army in war of Ameri- 
can Revolution. In a company of the local 
militia of Middleborough he was commis- 
sioned as a Lieutenant June 12, 1789. The 
company of which he was drummer was com- 
manded by Captain Levi Rounsevill, of Freetown. 
The company in which he was a Lieutenant was 
commanded by Captain James Peirce, of that part 
of Middleborough now Lakeville. 

15. Lydia, born Aug. i, 1763; died Aug. 22, 
1780. (See Public Records of Middleborough 
and grave-stones in Lakeville.) 

16. Preserved, born Feb. 2y, 1766; died Aug. 


27. 1799- (See Public Records of Middleborough 
and grave-stones in Freetown.)* 

17. Abinoam, born June 19, 1768. Married 

Of a company in the local militia of Middle- 
borough (that part now Lakeville) he was com- 
missioned Captain, to rank from Aug. 15, 1796. 
(See Public Records of Middleborough and in of- 
fice of Adjutant-General, State House, Boston.) | 

18. Keziah, born March 19, 1772; died Aug. ; 
12,1774. (See Public Records of Middleborough j. 
and grave-stones in Lakeville.) il 

* Preserved Hinds (No. 16) never married. He was born Feb. [ 

27, 1766, and died .\ug. 27, 1799. His rem.iins were interred in j; 

the ancient cemetery opposite the Christian Chapel in Assonet ,' 

Village, Freetown, and grave marked by a dark colored stone bear- , 

ing this inscription : 1 

'* In Memory of U 

CAl'l. FKE.SERVEL), ' 1 

Son of Elder E):en^ Hinds, 
Who died Aug. 27, .V. D. 1799, in y« si<^. year of his age." . 

" Hy whom beloved avails it not, i 

To whom related or by whom begot. 
.\ heap of dust alone remains of thee, 
'Tis all thou art and all the proud shall be." 

The title of " Captain" was acquired from the circumstance that 
he had been master of a vessel. An old account book in the pos- 
session of the writer of this genealogy gives evidence of the fact 
that in March, 179.S, Preserved Hinds was master of a sloop bear- 
ing the name of " Kaik Rosamond," which, March 14, 1798, 
was discharged at a wharf in Assonet of a load of corn. Tradition 
adds that he came home from sea sick of a fever and soon after 
died. It will be observed that the town record and inscription do 
not agree, as one made him in 33d and the other 34th year at 


19. Hannah, born May 12, 1775. Married 
Ileman Swift. He was born June 4, 1781. She 
died Jan. 3 i, 1826. 

20. Richard, born Sept. 11, 1777; died Dec. 
15, 1794. (See Public Records of Middlcborough 
and grave-stones.) 

Rev. Ebenezer Hinds, says Backus' excellent 
history of the Baptists, " was born in Bridgewater, 
July 29, 1 7 19," and from the same eminently re- 
liable authority we further learn that he com- 
menced " to preach in 1749," or when he ''began 
to be about thirty years of age.'' 

Mr. Hinds received the ordinance of baptism 
by immersion at the hands of Reverend Ebenezer 
Moulton, pastor of the Baptist Church in Brim- 
field, Mass., and this was probably administered in 
the same j'car that Mr. Hinds began to exercise 
his gifts in preaching, for, in speaking of Mr. 
Moulton, Backus says, " Elder Moulton was often 
called to other places to preach and baptize in 
and after i 749. Yes, he was called above eighty 
miles that year, and baptized ten in Bridgewater 
and three in Raynham." 

Of the l^aptist Church at Boston, gathered in 
1743, Mr. I^benezer Hinds, on March 3, 175 1, 
I became a member. This Baptist Church in Bos- 

ton at first consisted of James Bound, John Proc- 
tor, Ephriam Bosworth, John Dabney, Thomas 
Boucher, Ephriam Bound and Thomas Lewis, who 
formed themselves into a church July 27, 1743, 


and made choice of Ephriam Bound to be their 
pastor, wlio was ordained to the work of a Gospel 
minister Sept. /, 1743. Their original number 
was speedily and largely increased by new mem- 
bers from the towns of Newton, Necdham, Med- 
field and otiier adjacent places. "And the Lord add- 
ed to the church daily such as should be saved," 
until March 3, 1751, when among those thus 
gathered in was received he who was then the elo- 
quent exhorter, but who afterward became that dis- 
tinguished Calvinistic Baptist clergyman, the Rev. 
Ebenezer Hinds. Rev. P^phriam Bound, as pastor 
of that church, was, in 1751, in the midst of the 
years of his greatest usefulness, which continued 
until the morning of December 17, 1762, when he 
was visited by a paral)'tic shock, from the effects 
of which he only partially recovered so as to be 
able to preach a few sermons. Rev. Kphriam 
Bound died, greatly lamented, June 18, 1765, and 
during his ministrations, the church, that in 1743 
consisted of only seven members, had, in 1765, 
been increased to about one hundred and twenty 
members. Rev. I-Lphriam Bound was a son of 
James Bound, and he had received the ordinance 
of baptism at the hands of Rev. Ebenc7x'r Moul- 
ton, of Brimfield. 

The first or earliest professor of the tenets of 
the Calvinistic Baptist faith in the town of Mid- 
dleborough appears to have been Thomas Nelson, 
a son of William Nelson, Jr., of that town, and 


i grandson of William Nelson, Sen., of Plymouth. 

William Nelson and Martha Foard, of Plymouth, 
were united in marriage October 29, 1640. Mar- 
tha, the wife, was a daughter of the Widow 
Martha T'oard, who, with her children, William, 
; John and Martha, came to America 'u\ the ship 

jl - "Fortune" in 162 1. Martha and son, W^il- 

f liam, returned to England, but William came a 

second time to this -country and settled in Dux- 
! bury. 

1 ' William Nelson and wife, Martha Foard, had 
i children as follows : Martha, John, Jane and Wil- 

2 liam. Martha, in 1658, married John Cobb. 
John, who was born in 1647, married, Nov. 28, 
1667, Sarah Wood, of Middleborough, who died 
March 4, 1675, and John Nelson, a few years later, 
married the Widow Lydia Barnaby, of Plymouth, 

j! whom he also survived, and, for a third wife, mar- 


;• ried Patience Morton, of that town. Jane Nelson, 

, born in 165 i, became the wife of that distinguished 

Ij and useful man. Elder Thomas Faunce, of Ply- 

tf mouth. 

William Nelson, Jr., son of William and Martha 
I Nelson, of Plymouth, removed to and' settled in 

Middleborough, where, on the 6th day of June, 
[ 1675, his son, Thomas Nelson, was born, it being 

j. . ' a period of time when was peculiarly, and as never 

r before or since in this country, so terribly verified 

that Scripture which saith : "Woe unto them that 
are with child, and that give suck in those days, 



for there shall be great distress in the land and 
wrath upon this people." 

Only two days after, the birth of Thomas Nel- 
son in Middleborough — viz.: June 8, 1675 — ^^''^s 
executed upon a gallows at Plymouth two of the 
three Assawamset Indians convicted of murdering 
the Indian missionary, John Sassamon, on January 
-9> 1675, and hiding Sassamon's dead body under 
the ice of Assawamset pontl,- which disposition of 
the Indians accused had been anxiously awaited 
by the red men of nearly all New England, as that 
w hich should finally and irrevocably determine the 
future attitude between American and European 
races on this continent; whether that of loving 
peace or a war of utter extermination. And now 
the fatal die had been cast, the death knell of those 
two Assawamset or Nemasket Indians in the little 
town of Plymouth, proving, as it did, the sound- 
ing of a tocsin of the greatest, most bloody, dis- 
tressing and disastrous conflict (not only to the 
Indians, but also to the white people) of any war 
ever waged upon New England soil since the 
country has had a written history; for the wily 
savages, thus goaded to ungovernable rage and 
vindictive madness, regarded this act as that " last 
straiu which," proverbially, " breaks the cameVs 
back" and by their conduct most unequivocally 

We will wash from ihe face every cloud colored stain ; 
Red, red, shall alone on our vi.sage remain. 


We will dip; uj) the hatchet ami bend the oak bow ; 
By night and by day we will follow the foe. 
Nor lakes sliall impede us, nor mountains, nor snows, 
For his blood can alone give our spirits repose. 

And till our last white foe shall kneel, 
.\n(I in his coward pangs expire, 

Sleep but to dream of brand and steel, 
Wake but to deal in blood and fire. 

The same " leafy month of June," the sixth day 
I of which gave birth to Thomas Nelson in Middle- 

borough, had not closed before it witnessed the 
exodus of every white inhabitant of that town, in 
their hasty abandonment of houses and lands, 
leaving all to the savages, and, with wives and little 
ones, escaping for their lives to Plymouth ; and, 
although the flight of this mother and her new 
born babe was not " in the winter," it is by no 
means certain that it was not " upon the Sabbath 

That infant: child, whose early existence was 
thus seriously imperilled, was yet preserved, grew 
to the stature and attained to the years of a man. 
And when the desolating war between the red and 
the white men was over, he was found to have re- 
turned to the place of his birth, and became an 
attendant of religious worship with the First Con- 
gregational Church in Middleborough, then under 
the ministration of its second pastor, the Rev. 
. Thomas Palmer, in whose conduct Mr. Thomas 
Nelson discovered such evils as to give his mind a 


turn concerning religious principles* and, in short, 
to adopt the sentiments of the Baptists and join 
the P'irst Baptist Church in Swansea, where he re- 
mained until about 1748, when in membership he 
was transferred to the First Baptist Church at 
Rehoboth, in which he continued a communicant 
until his death, which occurred March 28, 1755. 
(See Backus' Histor)- of the Baptists and grave- 
stone in Lakevillc. ) 

Thomas Xelscjn. in 17 14, purchased a farm upon 
Assawamsct Neck, then in Middleborough, but 
since 1853 in Lakeville, and his was the first white 
family that settled upon that Neck. Thomas Nel- 
son's farm upon Assawamset Neck was bounded 
upon one end by Assawamset Pond ancf by Long 
Pond on the other, and upon both sides by lands 
then held by the Indians. Three )-ears after the 
date of purchase, Thomas Nelson, with his family, 
removed to and settled upon Assawamset Neck. 
His house stood near where now (in 1883) is 
growing an apple tree in a meadow near the high- 
way, and upon the opposite side of the road from 
the residence of Mrs. Mersey. The meadow is 
now owned by lineal descendants in the sixth gen- 
eration from Thomas Nelson, the pioneer settler. 
It was by that Thomas Nelson, concerning whom 
so much pains has been taken to describe, that 
Mr. Ebenezer Hinds, of Bridgewater, was, in 1753, 

 Mr. Palme^'s fault was probably occasional drunkenness; other- 
wise a very good man. 1 


! .. 


invited to preach at his house, and that house 
probably stood in the spot described. In discours- 
ing of that Thomas Nelson, Backus' History of the 
Baptists says: " In 1753, he and his sons, with a 
few more, set up a meetini^ at his house and ob- 
tained Mr. Ebenezer Hinds to preach to them." 
The same authority continues : " Four miles south- 
westward from thence Mr. James Mead was 
ordained pastor of a separate church Oct. 3, 
1751, but he died Oct. 2, 1756, after which the 
body of his church became Baptists, and Mr. 
Hinds' hearers joined with them and ordained him 
their pastor Jan. 26, 1758." '"Mr. Nelson died 
before this church was formed, in his eightieth 
year, but his wife, Mrs. Hope Nelson, lived to be a 
member of it and communed with them at the 
Lord's table after she was a hundred years old.'* 
She died Dec. 7, 1782, aged one hundred and 
five years six months and twenty days. 

" Her posterity, beside all that had deceased^ 
were two hundred and fifty seven in the year 1774.'* 
" Some of them are removed to Nova Scotia." 
" Many of them are members of Baptist churches^ 
and three of them are public teachers therein." 

Another and equally reliable authority, in a 
communication to the Mass. Historical Society, 
stated that, at the date of Mrs. Hope Nelson's 
death (viz.: 1782), her lineal descendants had in- 
creased to about three hundred and thirty-seven 
persons. Backus' History informs us that Mrs. 

HINDS (;km:alo(;v. 237 

Hope Nelson became a member of the Calvinistic 
Baptist Church at Swansea Auf^. 5, 1723. A slate- 
stone, bearing a still legible inscription, marks 
her grave in what was Middleborough, but now 

The church of which Rev. Ebenezer Hinds, 
Jan. 26, 1758, was ordained as the first and origi- 
nal pastor, was generally known as the Second 
Baptist Church in Middleborough, and it was 
formed Nov. 16, 1757. A house and farm was 
purchased for a parsonage at a part of Middle- 
borough (now Lakeville) called " Beech Woods," 
and a church edifice purchased that stood until 
May 19, 1798, when destroyed by fire, that also 
burned the parsonage house. 

More space has been devoted to a minute and 
particular history of the Second Baptist Church 
than would otherwise have been but for the fact 
that Rev. Ebenezer Hinds was its first and original 
pastor, had a great deal to do with calling it into 
an organized existence, and he continued to break 
to it the bread of life for many years, and it was, 
in fact, one of the chief works of his Gospel min- 
istry. With this people he lived, and here the 
most of his large family of fifteen children were 
born, and here he continued to preach until eight 
of his children died. A refreshing shower of 
grace was enjoyed by this church in 1773, by 

* A new parson.ige house was soon afier built and is still stand- 
ing. .\ new church edifice was erected, that was taken down in or 
about 1843. 


wliich its membership was, the next year, increased 
to one hundred and four persons. l^ut many of 
these were s<:)on after dismissed to form a church at 
East Freetown,* and the Second Jiaptist Church 

* The Calvini^tic Baptist Church in l-.ast Freetown was formed 
Septeinl)er 13, 1775, ^^'^ ^^^' Ahner Lewis ordained as its pastor 
June 26, 1776. lie was Ixirn at Middleborough, March 16, 1745, 
and joined tlie l-'irst Baptist Church of that town in 1770. He 
preached in Freetown two years i)efore l)eing ordained, and, 
under his ministrations, tlie church, in 1780, had come to number 
one hundred and twenty-eight members. But the pul)lic ditilicul- 
ties in the country, with the unhappy temper of some of the mem- 
bers of the church, caused Mr. Lewis to a dismission from them, 
which he (obtained in August, 1784, when he traveled and labored 
in various places, and at (me time supplied a church in Harwich 
with preaching for more than a year. 

Not far from the date of the formation of the Baptist Church at 
East Freetown, that religious body erected a church edifice. (See 
Backus' History of the Baptists.) It was doubtless in that church 
edilke that occurred the singular event that Elder Daniel Hix en- 
tered in his diary under date of " Freetown, April 27, 1794. This 
day the meeting-house galleries broke and hurt a number of peo- 
ple; the most surprising scene I ever saw, and as great a surprise 
to the assembly as if the day of judgment had come " Tradition 
adds, that among those in the gallery was a woman with her child, 
and the mother in her fright threw the child out at a gallery win- 
dow, thus inflicting a worse injury than it would have suffered had 
she retained it in her arms. Another Calvinistic Baptist Church ex- 
isted in Freetown. This was gathered in 1781, being the fruit of an 
extensive revival of religion in that section, in what Backus terms 
" //«• glorious year, ijSoy 

Of that church Mr David Simmons was installed as pastor Aug. 

1 13, 1783. B)ackus says of Rev. David Simmons: "He was a good 

? preacher and an exemplary walker. He was drowned by falling 

J- out of a canoe, in the night of June 7, 1786, as he was returning 

i(fi from visiting one of the sick of his flock." "After this mournful 





never after attained to so large a number of com- 
municants as it had done about sixteen years after 
its original gathering and formation. 

Susanna, the first wife of Rev. Ebenezer Minds, 
was a daughter of John Keith, of Bridgewater, and 
wife, Hannah Washburn. Susanna was born in 
1727 and died in 1751, aged about 24 years. 

John Keith was a son of Rev. James Keith and 
wife, Susanna Edson. Rev. James Keith was a 
native of Scotland, and immigrated to America in 
or near the year 1662, he then being about 18 
years of age, and had been educated at Aberdeen, 
in Scotland. He was ordained to the work of a 
Gospel minister at Bridgewater in February, 1664. 

providence they ohtaincd occ.isional supplies from time to time, 
until Mr. Philip Hathaway was installed pastor, June 13, 1792." 

It may not be improper or inappropriate here and in this connec- 
tion to add, that "the grave" of Rev. David Simmons " knoweth 
no man." A lineal descendant, a few years since, came from a 
far distant part of the country, visited Freetown and sought that 
properly hallowed shrine diligently and sorrowing, with a view to 
rescue the spot from unmerited neglect and mark it by a monumen- 
tal stone. But too many " f^ari- hrmvn years " ha^l passed over 
that grave, and the righteous man, who had lost his life while doing 
good was not much more out of sight than out of mind, he and his 
acts nearly alike forgotten, buried in the ground and almost in obli- 
vion, and, therefore, 

" Not a stone tells where he lies.'" 

Rev. David Simmons, before becoming pastor of the Baptist 
Church at Assonet Village, Freetown, had been a member of a 
Baptist Church in the west part of Dighton, formed in 1772, of 
which Enoch Goff was ordained pastor Dec. 2, 1772. Mr. David 
Simmons was ordained a colleague with Mr. Goff Jan. 4, 1781. 

J! I 


The first sermon that he delivered in Bridgewater 
was from the text: " Behold, I cajinot speak, for I 
am a child." — Jeremiah i : 6. He died July 23, 
17 19, aged yG years.* 

He was one among the few New England cler- 
gymen who recognized an Indian's rightful claim 
to humane treatment, and advised the practice of 
mercy toward Indian captives taken by the Eng- 
lish in King Philip's War. Susanna, the wife of 
Rev. James Keith, was a daughter of Dea. Samuel 
Edson and wife, Susanna Orcutt, who, from Salem, 
went to and settled in Bridgewater. Dea. Samuel 
Edson died in 1692, aged 80 years. Susanna, his 
wife, died in 1699, aged 81 years. Hannah, the 
wife of John Keith, was a daughter of Samuel 
Washburn and wife, Deborah Packard ; grand- 
daughter of John Washburn and wife, Elizabeth 
Mitchell, and great-grand-daughter of John Wash- 

Capt. Henry Peirce and wife, Salome Hinds 
(No. 9), had: 

21. Susanna, born Jan. 26, 1769. Married, 
Nov. 18, 1788, Abiel Booth, of Middleborough. 
He was born March 7, 1765. He was a son of 
John Booth, who was born July 21, 1729. Abiel 
and Susanna were the parents of Abiel Peirce 
Booth, Esq., formerly of Lakeville. 

22. Mary, born 1770. Married, Feb. 13, 

* Rev. James Keith died only six days before Rev. Ebenezer 
Hinds was born. 


1 79 1, Abner Clark, Esq., of Middlcborough. In 
the local militia of Middleborough he was com- 
missioned Ensign, to rank from Aug. 29, 1799, 
and he was a Justice of the Peace for Plymouth 
County from January 10, 1823, to 1830. He died 
May I, 1830, aged 55 years. She died July 25, 
1847. Their home was in that part of Middle- 
borough that became Lakeville. 

23. Salome, born . Married, P'eb. 19. 

'799. Thomas White, of Freetown. 

24. Ebenczer, born Nov. 21, 1777. Married, 
March 12, 1801, Charity Hinds (No. 30), of Mid- 
dleborough. He was commissioned Ensign in the 
local militia of Middleborough, to rank from Aug. 
15, 1796. He died Dec. 3, 1852. At the same 
date and of the same company of which Ebenczer 
Peirce was commissioned Ensign, Abinoam Hinds 
(No. 17) was commissioned Captain. 

25. Henry, born 1778. Married twice. First, 
Hannah Sherman. Second, Phebe Lombard. 
He died Sept. i, 1826. (See grave-stones in 

26. Lydia, born Oct. 17, 1781. Married twice. 
F'irst, January 6, 1805, William Jenney, of F'air- 
haven. He was lost at sea. and she married, 
second, June 29, 18 16, Capt. Nathaniel Staples, of 
Taunton. In the local militia* of Berkley he was 

• Names of Captains of that company, with elates of their com- 
missions : Christopher Paul, April 14, 1796; James Paul, April 21, 



commissioned Lieutenant, to rank from April 25, 

1805. Promoted to Captain March 31, 1807. 
Representative to General Court from Middle- 
borough in 1832. He was born Jan. 6, 1777. He 
died July 17, 1862. She died Dec. 26, 1863. 

Captain Menry Peirce, the parent, was a son of 
Ebenezer Peirce and wife, Mary Hoskins; grand- 
son of Isaac Peirce, Jr.. of Pembroke and after- 
ward of Middleborough, and wife, Judith Booth; 
great-grandson of Isaac Peirce, Sen., and great- 
great-grandson of Abraham Peirce, who emigrated 
to America and settled in Plymouth as early as 
1623. The birthplace of Capt. Henry Peirce was 
in that part of Middleborough set off in 1853, and 
incorporated as a new and distinct town and called 
Lakeville. His first or earliest experience as a 
soldier was in the company commanded by his 
brother, Capt. Abicl Peirce, and was probably 
performed in the northerly part of what is now 
the State of New York, contending in bloody strife 
with the French and Indians from Canada. That 
service was performed in 1760. He next enlisted 
under Capt. Ephraim Holmes, and served in the 
field about one year between March, 1762, and 

1797; Williams Tobey, Jan. 27, 1804; .Samuel French, April 25, 
1805, to March 5, 1807; Nathaniel Staples, March 31, 1807; Giles 
G. Chase, Sept. 27, 1809; Daniel Burt, July 25, 1816; Freeman 
Hriggs, June 29, 1819; Nathaniel Townsend, March — , 1822; Giles 
Leach, Sept. 9, 1826; Benjamin F. Cornell, May 28, 1831, to his 
death, March 20, 1833. 


March 14, 1763, peace being declared between 
England and France, causing his honorable dis- 
charge and mustering out of the military service. 
About twelve years later we find him to have 
been a soldier in Capt. Isaac Wood's company of 
''Minute Men'' of Middleborough, that promptly 
responded to the country's first call, April 19, 
1775, or what came to be quite generally known 
as the " Lexington Alarm." In October of the 
same year he was on duty at or near Roxbury in a 
company commanded by Capt. Levi Rounscvill, 
of Freetown, wherein Henry Peirce served in the 
capacity of a First Lieutenant. In Dec, 1776, 
Henry Peirce served for a brief period at Rhode 
Island in a company commanded by his brother, 
Capt. Job Peirce, that was in the regiment com- 
manded by Major Israel Fearing. In 1777 
Henry Peirce was Captain of a company in service 
at Rhode Island, which company was part of a 
regiment commanded by Col. Theophilus Cotton, 
of Plymouth, and in Aug., 1780, Capt. Henry 
Peirce again led a company to Rhode Island in the 
regiment commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel 
Ebenezcr White, of Rochester, Mass. *As a Cap- 
tain, Henry Peirce also served several years in the 

 That company in the local militia of Middleborough of which 
Henry Peirce was Captain, was entirely within the town limits of 
what is now Lakeville, and existed until April, 1840. The succes- 
sive Captains, with the dates of their commissions, were as follows: 
Henry Peirce, July i, 1781; James Peirce, July 17, 1787; Abinonm 


loca[ militia of Middleborough, after the close of 
the Revolutionary War. That company in the 
local militia of which he was Captain after the war 
was the same of which his son, Ebenezer Peirce, 
was commissioned Ensign Aug. i$, ip96. 

EuENEZER Minds (No. io) and wife, Cii.vRiTY 
Can ED V, had : 

27. Hannah C, born Dec. 3, 1772. Died Oct. 

13, 1865. 

28. Ebenezer, born Oct. 14, 1775. Married, 
May 20, 1798, Anna Hathaway, of Freetown. 
She was born Dec. 17, 1780. She died Aug. 10, 


29. Keziah, born Oct 5, 1777. Married, Dec. 

14, 1 801, John Winslow, of Freetown. She died 
Aug. 23, 1853. He died Nov. 13, 1854. 

30. Charity, born Feb. 25, 1780. Married, 
March 12, 1801, I'^nsign Ebenezer Peirce (No. 
24), of Middleborough. She died June i, 1842. 
He died Dec. 3, 1852. 

31. Lydia H., born May 18, 1782. Married, 

Hinds, Aug. 15, 1796; Elkanah Peirce, May 4, 1802; Elisha 
Uriggs, Sept. 29, 1806; Sylvanus Parris, March 20, 181 1; Ethan 
Peirce, June 6, 1815; Apollos Read, , 182-; John Strobridge. 

.May 19, 1827; Samuel Hoar, June 6, 1829,; Silas P. Ashley, Aug, 
15, 1831. While Samuel Hoar was Captain, a company in what 
S was then Middleborough, but now Lakeville, was disbanded, and 

|j • its non-commissioned officers and private soldiers made to consti- 

lute a part of Capt. Samuel Hoar's command. That disbandment 
was pursuant to orders bearing date of .May 30, 1830. 



July 9, 1 809, Bartlctt Allen, of New Hedford. She 
died Feb. 20, 1838. 

32. Salome, born Aug. 31. 1784. She died 
Sept. 21. 1800. (See Public Records of Middle- 
borough and grave-stones in I'Vcetown.) 

33. I'rinciple C, horn Sept. 6. 1786. Married, 
Feb. II, 1808, Drusilla Allen, of Rochester, 
Mass. He was drowned in Richmond. Maine, 
April 9, 1828. 

34. Owen P., born June 21. 1788. Married, 
Oct. 12, 1811, Mary Bates, of Rochester, Mass. 

35. Clarissa W., born July 8, 1790. Married, 
Dec. 6, 1 810. Luther Hathaway. He was born 
Aug. 14, 1786. 

36. Tisdale L.. born January 18. 1793. Mar- 
ried. May 26, 1 8 16, Olive Washburn. 

37. Susanna K., born January 5, 1795. Mar- 
ried, Dec. — , 1 81 7, John Dearborn. She died 
Dec. 8, 1867. 

38. Salome E.. born Oct. 2. 1802. Married, 
March 26. 1833, Alanson Hinkley. of Livermore, 
Maine. She died June 16, 1872. 

Charity, the mother, was a daughter of Capt. Wil- 
liam Canecly, Jr., and wife, *Charity Leonard; 

• Charity Leonard was a daughter of Hon. Elkanah Leonard, and 
born Feb. 27, 1732, and died Oct. 13, 1805. Hon. Elkanah Leon- 
ard was identical with that distinguished lawyer known as Major 
Elkanah Leonard, who died July 24, 1777, in the 74th year of his 
age. He was a son of Ensign Elkanah Leonard, horn May 15, 
1677, '^"^ ^^'^o 'J'cd Dec. 29, 1714, and grandson of Major Thomas 
l^onard, born in or about 1641, and died Nov. 24, 1 713. 


grand-dauLjhtcr of William Cancdy, Esq., and wife, 
Elizabeth Katon,* and great-grand-daughtcr of 
Alexander Canedy, a Scotch emigrant who resided 
in Plymouth. The children of Alexander Canedy 
and Elizabeth, his wife, were: Hannah, born in 
1678, married, in 1697, Elca/.cr Pratt; Elizabeth, 
born in 1682; Jean born in 1685 ; William, Esq., 
already mentioned, born in 1689; Sarah, born in 
1693 ; Annable, born 1698 (who, at least for a time, 
probably resided in Middleborough, as, on Aug. 
7, 1730, she was admitted to membership in the 
First Congregational Church in that town, and on 
Aug. 19, 1731, became the wife of Thomas l^aine, 
of Freetown), and John Canedy, born in 1703. 

William Canedy was commissioned Ensign of 
forces sent to fight the French and Indians, and 
in 1723 was promoted to Lieutenant in that ser- 
vice, f As a Lieutenant he was entrusted with the 
command of a fort that, on December 25, 1723-, 
was furiously attacked by the Indians, and the 

* Elizabeth Eaton was a daughter of Samuel Eaton, and horn 
July 26, 1 701. She died May 5, 1780. (See grave-stones in Lake- 
ville.) • 

t The letter of recommendation from Col Isaac Winslow, of 

Marshfield, then commander of all the local militia of Plymouth 

county, to Governor Dumnier is still on file at the State House in 

Boston, and is in words following : 

"May it please your HonT. 

" This comes by Ensign Canada, who, I perceive, has had some 

hope of your Honors favoring him with a Lieut, ('ommission, if it 

be acceptable to all that are concerned, he being very deserving of 

it, in my opinion, having acquited himself very well ever since he 


siege continued for thirty days, when reinforcements 
aj-rived in sufficient numbers to raise the siege and 
relieve the garrison. The conduct of Lieut. \\ m. 

li.ith been out. I'lius beging yuur favor for him I ain your ino>l 
ul)e(lieiu servant, 

" .Scituate January " Isaac Winsi.ow." 

"the 17: 1723." 

Two pay rolls are also on lile in the Slate I fouse of companies in 
active service connnanded by William Canedy after he had been 
promoted to Captain. These services were performed in or a little 
before 1725, and the names borne upon these rolls serve to show 
how large a proportion of the men sent to light the French and 
Indians of Canada were from the remnant'- of tribes once inhabiting 
New England: William Cannada, Captain; IJenjamin Wright, 
Lieutenant; Robert Stanford, Knsign; Joseph I'.owdin, Joseph 
Studson, Joseph Meeds. Sergeants; Hcnjamin Durfce, Richard 
Pomeroy, Joseph lUaydon and John Oliver, Corporals; John Atta- 
mon, Thomas Tainor, Daniel Chislen, Joshua Iripp, Henjamin ( 

Solomon, Joel Daniel, John Pechue, John Pepeens, Abraham Jones, ^ 

Joseph Woode, Nehemiah Nahawamah, Abel Obediah, Jame-. 
Queich, Simon Tremmetuck, Thomas Daniel, Able Tom, Isaac 
Hassaway, Kben .Cushen, Job Mark, Samuel Oliver, John 
Quoy, Henry Peseut, Josiah Crook, Isaac Philips, Klisha Sachem, 
Peter Washawks, Joshua Hood, Samuel Copeluck, Ned John. 
Josiah Poi^memanock, Eliakini <^)uaconi, .\mos Stanks, Joshua 
Wicket, David Job, Jacob Paul, John Comshite, Mose Peig, 
Tom Wily, .\bel Blinks, Peter Dogamus, John Boson and Rohan 
Jenney, Centinels or private soldiers. 

William t-'anedy. Captain; Stephen Whitaker, Ensign; Daniel . 

Elethorp, .Sergeant; Erancis Punchard and Edward Hishop, Cor- 
porals; Peter Parrey, Thomas I^wrence, Stephen Morrells, John 
Norris, Benjamin Speeiv, John Church, Jeremiah Belcher, Elkanah 
Topmon, Isaac Chamberlain, John White, Philip Butler, Daniel Ross, i 

John Murphy, Josiah Meeds, Daniel (iriffin, Thomas Dun, John .i 

Pilkenton, William Thomas, William Kelley and John Church, Cen- , 

tinels or private soldiers. 




Canedy on that occasion was deemed to be so 
meritorious that, as a consequence, he was pro- 
moted to Captain in the service, and several years 
after that was commissioned Captain of one of the 
companies in the local militia of Taunton.* 

January 14, i 747, William Canedy was commis- 
sioned as a Justice of the Peace for the County of 
Bristol, and he probably continued to hold that 


* Roll of the 5th Company in the local militia of Taunton, com- 
manded by Cajit. William Canedy, as appears from an official return 
on file in the State House, Boston : 

Non-ConiniissioncJ Officers. — John Williams, Ephraim Dean, 
Benjamin Paul and Josiah Andrus, Sergeants; Zachariah Padel- 
ford, Henry Hoskins, Josiah Macomberand Israel Dean, Corporals. 

Musicians. — Jacob Williams and George Elliot, Drummers. 

Private Soldiers — Train Baud. — Nathaniel Andrus, David An- 
drus, Joseph Briggs, Thomas Chase, Job Chase, Orrisimus Camp- 
bell, Barnabus Canedy, AbielGoswell, Moses Keen, Jonathan King, 
Josiah Dean, Abraham Dean, Joel Dean, Philip Dean, Benj. Elliot, 
Elijah Macomber, Edward Padelford, Jacob Staples, Jacob Hoskins, 
Moses Seekel, Silas Seekel, Simeon Williams, Lemuel Williams, 
Isaiah Boothe, Wm. Barney, Seth Richmond, Samuel Richmond, Eli- 
jah Richmond, Isaac Richmond, Nathaniel Richmond, Edmund 
Richmond, Sylvanus Hathaway, John Omey, Zachariah Padelford, 
2d, Jacob Staples, 2d, Levi Rounsevill, Gideon Richmond, Jona- 
than Barney, Abiel Macomber and William Peirce. 

Private Soldiers — Alarm List. — Samuel Peirce, Meletiah Hath- 
away, Edward Winslow, Job Anthony, Benjamin Chase, Samuel 
Peirce, 2d, Samuel Wilbams, Elder William Barne^', Deacon Na- 
thaniel Macomber, Elkanah Caswell, Ebenezer Andrus, Nathaniel 
Andrus, George Leonard, John Seekel, Joshua Seekel, Job Macom- 
ber, Jacob Briggs, Edward Nickles, George Macomber and Ephraim 

(Signed) IsRAKi, Thrkshkk, Clerk. 


appointment during tlic remaining years of his 
life. His ashes are in the cemetery of the Precinct 
Congregational Church and Society of East Taun- 
ton and Lakeville, and his grave marked by a stone 
bearing the following inscription: 

"In Memory of 


Who Dec'.' June y'' 23'' i774, in y" 86'.'.' year of his age.'" 

"Silent the warrior lies. He shall no more 
Scurgc the wild natives of the Eastern shore. 
His honorable titles with him fall, 
He leaves behind him friends and earthly all. 
His soul immortal, was it calmed with peace 
llefore he fled? His joys shall never cease. 
CJo, widowed consort, trust in (iod most high. 
Children bereaved to Heaven for^irace now cry, 
That after Death to Calory you may rise above the sky." 

His former residence, in the easterly part of 
Taunton and very near the present line of Berkley, 
stood until a few years since, when it was demol- 
ished by the then owner, Mr. William Peirce, of 

William Canedy, Jr., son of William, Esq., was 
a Lieutenant in active field service in the " French 
and Indian IVar," and subsequently commissioned 
Captain of the 4th company of the local militia of 
Middleborough. In the war of American Revolu- 
tion he was a most uncompromising Tory, and, as 
a result, deposed from office.* 

* When William Canedy, Jr., was Captain of the fourth company 
in the local militia of Middleborough, John Nelson was his Lieu- 
tenant. Canedy, being a' Toiy, was dismissed from his office as 



:" The death of Captain William Canedy, Jr., 

resulted from accident, for, returning home one 

h • 1 • • 

h evening on horseback and in a blindmg 

|j snowstorm, the horse he was riding went under a 

fl- shed, thus throwing the rider to the ground and 

f - inflicting injuries from which he soon after died. 

I He was born in or near 1729; united in marriage 

I with Charity Leonard, of Middleborough, Decem- 

ber 6, 1753. He died March 26, 1804. The 
liouse in which he lived was torn down in August, 
1883.* Suitable grave-stones, bearing legible in- 
scriptions, mark the graves of Capt. William 
Canedy and his wife. Charity, in the Precinct 
burial ground, Lakeville, Mass. 

liARTLETF HiNDS (No. ii) and wife, RuTH 
Pickens, had : • 

Captain Sept. 19, 1775, and on May 9, 1776, John Nelson, being a 
Whig, was promoted to Major of the Regiment to which this 
fourth company belonged, and on July i, 1781, Major John Nelson 
was promoted to Colonel. Col. John Nelson was a grandson of 
Thomas Nelson, the first or earliest Baptist at Middleborough, and 
John served as a Major in the Patriot Army of .\merican Revolu- 

At the reorganization of the fourth Company May 9, 1776, Jol> 
Peirce was commissioned Captain; Josiah Smith, Lieutenant, and 
Samuel Hoar, Ensign. Capt. Job Peirce led this company to 
Rhode Island in December, 1776, as a part of Major Israel Fear- 
ing's regiment. 

* That house was owned and occupied by two generations of the 
lineal descendants of Capt. William Canedy, Jr., and taken down by 
some of those of the third generation. The late Capt. John Wood- 
bridge Canedy occupied it as his residence until his death. 


39. Conrad. 

40. Ruth. Married Isaac Tcvst, of Montrose, 

John Hinds (No. 13) and wife, Oi.ivk \'.\i.e\- 
11 NK, had: 

41. Leonard, born Feb. 11, 1784. Lived sin- 
l^de. He died Dec. 27, 1859. (See Public Records 
of Middlcborough and grave-stones in Lakeville.) 

43. Nancy, born Nov. 12,1786.' Lived single. 
She died Oct. 27, 1868. (Public Records of 
Middleborough and grave-stones.) 

43. Edmund, born Oct. 18, 1787. He was lost 
at sea in March, 1828. (See tomb-stone.) 

44. Hannah, born July 23, 1789. Married 
Samuel Dean, of Berkley. They were the parents 
of Rev. Gardiner Dean. Both buried in Berkley. 

45. Stephen, born May 16, 1791. Married 
Susan Hinds (No. 62), of Middleborough. 

46. Lucy, born Feb. 14, 1793. She died Aug. 
22, 1824. 

47. Jane, born March — , 1795. Married, 
January 27, 1821. Jonathan Parker, of Sandwich. 

48. John, born May 18, 1797. Married Sarah 

49. Preserved, born May 26, 1799. Married 
Sarah Parker, of Sandwich. 

50. Heman, born January 22, 1801. Married 
Nancy Parker, of Sandwich. 

51. Catharine, born March 16, 1803. She 

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was lost at sea in March, 1828. (See tomb-stone.) 

52. Lucinda, born March 9, 1805. 

53. Sumner, born June i, 1807. Married, 
March 31, 1834, Cliloe Ashley, of Middle- 
boroufjh, that part now Lakevillc. She was born 
March 21, 1806, and was a daughter of Luther 
Ashley and wife, Abigail Pcirce. They reside in 
I.akeville. Thanks are due to Mr. Sumner Hinds 
for information. 

54. Bartlett, born 181 1 ; died April 6, 1826. 
John Hinds (No. 13), as a private soldier, and 

his brother, Ebenezer Hinds (No. 10), as a Ser- 
geant, served at Rhode Island in Dec, 1776, in a 
company commanded by Capt. Job Peirce, of 
Middleborough, which formed a part of the regi- 
ment that, on that expedition, was led by Senior 
Major Israel Fearing, of Warehani, Junior Major 
John Nelson, of Middleborough, being Hearing's 
second there in command. 

That regiment had then recently been formed 
with Ebenezer Sproat, of Middleborough, as 
Colonel ; Ebenezer White, of Rochester, Lieute- 
nant-Colonel ; Israel Fearing, of Wareham, Senior 
Major, and John Nelson, of Middleborough, Junior 
Major. But, at the alarm of Dec, 1776, neither 
Sproat nor White reported for duty at the post of 
danger, and their conduct was, for a time, the sub- 
ject of severe criticism both in and out of the 

Major Fearing, from his regimental headquarters 


at Fogland Ferry, addressed to his Colonel,* in his 
safe quarters dX home in Aliddleborough, a severe, 
denunciatory letter, that, under other circum- 
stances, might have subjected Fearing to punish- 
ment by a court-martial for such disrespect shown 
to a superior officer. 

But Lieutenant-Colonel White, at a little later 
date, assumed the command of that regiment in 
Rhode Island, and, while gallantly leading it in 
battle, had part of his sword !?Iiot off by an 
enemy's bullet, and gained for himself such respect 
and honor, that the town of Rochester erected at 
his grave a tombstone at the public cost.f Major 
Nelson copied Major Fearing's letter to Colonel 
Sproat, and attested his copy as being true, which 
attested copy, a few years since, came into the 
possession of the writer of this genealogy. Major 
Fearing's then-growing popularity at a little more 

* This Col. Ehenezer was not identical with the Col. Ebe- 
nezer Sproat, of Middlehorough, who, in 1775, was Major of 
Plymouth County Regiment of " MlNUTK Mkn," and who, after the 
war, settled at or near Marietta, Ohio, and was a member of the 
"CiNCiN.N'ATi S0CIF.TV," but a much older man. 

t That tomb-stone bears this inscription : 

Memcnlo Mori. 

Sacred to the Memory of 


Who died March — , 1804, aet 80. 

He was 19 times chosen to represent the town of Rochester in the 

General Court; in 14 of which elections he was unanimously 

chosen. As a tribute of respect for his faithful services, 

the Town erected this monument to his memory. 



than a year later (viz.: Sept., 1778) — when, con- 
trary to the advice of all his superior officers, he 
drove the liritish out of Fairhaven and saved that 
village from the invader's torch — exceeded all for- 
mer bounds and burst forth as in a flame of efful- 
gent glory, and the country, doubtless, felt that it 
could not afford to drive out of the service by dis- 
missal or otherwise so remarkably brave and effi- 
cient an officer as Major Fearing had repeatedly 
proved himself to be, for the attainment of no 
greater or better end than to punish him for dis- 
respect shown to so inefficient an officer as Colonel 
Sproat appears to have been ; and that letter, 
copied, probably, to be used as evidence in a 
court-martial, was never thus required or used, 
but now, more than one hundred years later, serves 
as a very important link of evidence in the chain 
of events we denominate history.* 

Olive, the wife of John Hinds (No. 13), was a 
daughter of John Valentine and wife, Hannah 
Winslow, and born August 14, 1766, and grand- 
daughter of Samuel Valentine and wife, Abigail 
Durfee. John Valentine was born April 29, 1743, 
and united in marriage with Hannah Winslow, of 
Freetown, Nov. 21, 1765. Samuel Valentine and 

* In or about 1784, Major Israel Fearing, of Wareham, was 
promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel of the Fourth Regiment, Plymouth 
County Brigade; raised to Colonel, July 17, 1787, and Brigadier- 
General in 1794. A handnoine white marble slab, bearing an in- 
scription, marks Gen. Fearing's grave in Wareham. 


Abigail Durfec were married June 25, 1729. 
Hannah, the wife of John Valentine, was a daufjh- 
ter of Jonathan Winslow and wife, Sarah Kirby, 
and grand-daughter of Lieut. Job Winslow, of 
Swansea, and afterward of Freetown. Jonathan 
Winslow was born Nov. 22, 1692, and united 
in marriage with Sarah Kirby Nov. 22, 1722. 
Lieut. Job Winslow died in Freetown Jul}' 14, 

Lieut. Li:onari) Hinds (No! 14) and wife, 
Mary Rounseyii.t,, had : 

55. Sally, born Oct. 5, 1784. Married Brad- 
ford Williams. She died Oct. — , 18 10. 

56. John, born Feb. 13, 1786. Married Mrs. 
Anna Peirce, of Freetown. He died Dec. i, 181 1. 

57. Joseph R., born March 18, 1788. Died 
Nov. — ,1811. ' 

58. Leonard, born Sept. 22, 1789. Was lost 
at sea. 

59. Ruth P., born April 30, 1791. Married 
Walter Davis. 

60. Polly, born Sept. 6, 1793. Married Dca. 
Abner Braley, of Freetown. 

61. Hannah, born May 19, 1798. Married 
John Brady. 

Lieut. Leonard Hinds, the parent, is traditional- 
ly reported to have once been in company with 
Abiel Washburn, of Middleborough, in carrying 
on the business of a country store in that town. 


Abiel Washburn afterward became a Brigadier- 
General in the local militia and was familiarly 
known as General Washburn.* Their store building 
was in what is now Lakeville, and occupied the pre- 
cise spot where the new road branches off from the 
old one, near the present residence of John H. Nel- 
son. f The Avriter well remembers when the marks 
of what had, perhaps, once been a cellar were plain- 
ly discernable at that place. Mary, the wife of Lieut. 
Leonard Hinds, was a daughter of Joseph Rounse- 
vill, grand-daughter of William Rounsevill and 
wife, Elizabeth Macomber, and great-grand-daugh- 
ter of the emigrant, Philip Rounsevill. | 

• iVbiel Washburn was appointed Adjutant on the staft' of Col. 
Israel Fearing, Oct. 2, 17SS; promoted to Junior Major May i, 
1794; Senior Major, January 4, 1797; Lieutenant-Colonel Com- 
mandant, July 22, 1800; Brigadier-Ceneral, Sept. 4, 1816. Hon- 
orably discharged in 1S24. 

t Mr. Cyrus Nelson, late of Lakeville, deceased, told the writer 
of this genealogy that this store building was moved to near the 
former site of " Pond Meeting House," so called, and used in a 
Tannf.kv. and, in 183S, was sold to the late Israel Thresher, who 
moved it to near the " C^ANAi,," so called, and converted it into a 
dwelling house, for which it still continues to be used or occupied. 

+ Philip Rounsevill, the emigrant, was a son of William Rounse- 
vill, of Honiton, in Devonshire, England, where the son, Philip, 
was born on May i, 1677, and emigrated to .Vmerica in 1700, 
when he was aliout 23 years of age. He was living near Assonet 
Village, in l-reetown, as early as 1708. He died in what is now 
sometimes called the " Furnace I'illage" in East Freetown, a little 
before sunrise Sunday morning, Nov. 6, 1763, after a brief illness 
.of one week's continuance. His wife was Mary, a daughter of 
Samuel Howland, of Duxbury, and afterward of that part of P'ree- 

HINDS c;i:nkai.()(;v. 257 

A former resident of Freetown, who died there ^! 

wlien about 92 }-ears old, and who spent his youth 
in that part of Middleborough now Lakevillc, used, i 

in the evening of his daj's, to delight to tell stories .j 

of ^^ ye cldoi tyvie," illustrative of the great 
change that had been wrought in our country 
since he could remember, and one of which stories 
was that a Middleborough woman spun and wove 
seventy yards of tow-cloth and carried it to Hinds } 

& Washburn's store and gave it all for seven yards 

town now Fall River, and grand-dauj^hter of Henry Ilowland, uf 

Duxbury, an emigrant who died in that town in 1670. William, ' 

the oldest son of Philip Kounsevill and Mary Howland, his wife, i 

was born C)ct. lo, 1705, at twenty-seven minutes past six of the ; 

clock in the afternoon, and died Jan. 31, 1744. Klizabeth, the [■. 

wife of William Kounsevill, was a daughter of John Macomber, of ■* 

what was then East Taunton, now Hcrkley, and wife, Elizabeth I 

Williams, and grand-daughter of John Macomber, Jr., of Taunton, * 
and wife, Anna Evans, who were married July 16, 1678. William 

Kounsevill and wife, Elizabeth Macomber, had children as follows: ' 

William, born in 1735; married Kebecca Hoar, of Middleborough. } 

Joseph, married Cole. Levi, marrie<l Betsey Howland. , 

Sylvester, never married; died young. Elizabeth, born 1 743; mar- 
ried Capt. Job Peirce, of Middleborough. \\ 
Names of those persons who, before and after Leonard Hinds, ;' 
held the commission of Lieutenant in the same comjjany, in that '} 
part of Middleborough now Lakeville, which company was dis- [■ 
banded in April, 1840; Peter Hoar, July i, 1781; Leimard |"; 
Hinds, June 12, 1789; Harnabas Clark, Sept. 25, 1792; Henjamin i, 
Chase, Aug. 15, 1796; llkanah Peirce, May 20, 1799; Isaac Hoi- \' 
loway, May 2, 1802; .\sa Winslow, .May 5, 1 807; Gideon Haskins, 

May 20, 181 1; Apollos Read, May 7, 1816; John Strobridge, , 

1821; Samuel Hoar, May 19, 1827; John W. Canedy, June 6, 
1829; Abraham Peirce, Oct. 7, 1831. 


of calico. The old man continued, " Six yards 
was a dress pattern in those days, but there were 
seven yards in that piece of calico and the mer- 
chants refused to cut it, and thus the parties com- 
promised at the rate of seventy for seven." 

Cai'T. Abinoam Hinds (No. 17) and wife, 
SUKEY , had: 

62. Sukey, born Jan. 24, 1798. Married 
Stephen Hinds (No. 45), of Middleborough. 

63. Mark S., born Sept. 14, 1799. 

64. Lydia, born March, 19, 1801. 

Heman Swiet and wife, Hannah Hinds (No. 
19), had : 

O5. Vaodicea, born Aug. 14, 1799. Died 
Dec. 4, 1 82 1. 

I;! 66. Bartlett H., born Aug. 29, 1801. 

6]. Sophiah N., born Jan. i, 1804. 

68. Ward, born Sept. 29, 1806. 

69. James D., born Feb. 16. 181 1. 

70. Hannah B., born June 23, 18 14. 
For what appears concerning the family of 

Hcman Swift, the writer is indebted to the kind- 
ness of Harrison Staples, Esq., of Lakcville. 

Ehenezek Hinds (No. 25) and wife, Anna 
Haihawav, had: 

71. Ebenezer. Married Louisa V. Peircc (No. 


* Mary Weaver was a daugliter of David Evans, Jr., and wife, 
Anna Weaver, and l)orn Feb. 12, 1751, and l)ecaine the wife of 
Jonathan Weaver, of Swansea, January 15, 1769. Jonathan dietl, 
and she, in widowhood, ijeeanie the wife of (Jilbcrt Hathaway. 

72. Salome. Married Abel Monroe, of Liv- 

erniore, Maine.  

"Jl. Gilbert. Married twice. First, Ann M. : 

Hathaway, of Freetown. She died May 3, 1848. ) 
He married, second, Mrs. Hannah Hoar, of Mid- 

dlcborough, that part now Lakeville. Ann M. . 

Hathaway, the first wife, was a daughter of Isaac ' 
N. Hathaway, of Freetown, and wife, Eliza VV. 
Tobey, and born June 14, 18 12. 

74. Amy. Married Additon, of Wilton, * 


75. Maria. Married Sawtell. > 

■jC). Hannah. Married John Fuller, of Liver- 
more, Maine. ] 

JJ. Clarissa. Married Hates. 

y'S'. Leonard. Married Mary Hathaway. \ 

79. Albert. Married IJenjamin, of Livec- \ 

more, Maine. j 

80. P'lbridge. Died young. •, 

81. Ann. Married Cyrus Soper, of Liver- ; 
more, Maine. 

82. IClbridgc. Married Benjamin, of  

Livermore, Maine. ,: 

Anna, the mother, was a daughter of Gilbert ■. 

Hathaway and wife, Mary Weaver,* and born Dec. ' 


17, 1780; grand-daughter of Capt. I'^benezer 
Hathaway and wife, Wcaltha Gilbert ; great-graud- 
daughter of Col. Ebenezer Hathaway and wife, 
Hannah Shaw; great-great-grand-daughter of 
Abraham Hathaway and wife, Rebecca Wilbur ; 
and great-great-grcat grand-daughter of John 
Hathaway, of Taunton, that part now Berkley, 
who was among the early European settlers of 
that section, serving as a Selectman of Taunton in 
1681-82-83 and 1684; Representative to the 
Colonial Court at Plymouth in 1680-81-82-83 
and 1684, and again in 1691. 

His son, Abraham Hathaway, was a blacksmith 
and also probably acted as ferryman across 
" Taunton great river," as in ancient public docu- 
ments are applied both the terms, blackstnith and 
ferryman, to his name, as also that of Deacon. 
The church of which he was deacon was probably 
the Southerly Congregational in Taunton, for which 
a parish was set off in or about 17 10, and the limits 
of which, in 171 2, became those of the township 

she was Hathaway's second wife. Her mother was a daughter of 
Benjamin Weaver, of Swansea, and wife, Ruth .Sheffield. Ruth 
was l)orn Monday, Jan 10, 1704, at about one of the clock in the 
afternoon. She was a daughter of Capt. Amos Sheffield, Town 
Clerk of Tiverton, and wife, Anna Pearce. Capt. .\mos .Sheffield 
was born June 25, 1673. Lost his life in the army, fighting the 
French and Indians, about 1 710. Capt. Amos Sheffield was great- 
grandfather of Colonel Benjamin Weaver, of Patriot Army in War 
of American Revolution. 



of Dighton.then incorporated and embracing what \ 

is now Dighton and also Assonet Neck, that in ^ 

1799 was detached from Dighton and made a part ; 

of Berkley. That church is now known as the | 

" Unitarian " Church in Dighton. Dea. Abraham ; 

Hathaway was one of the projectors of the enter- i 

prise and became one of the original proprietors t 

of the Forge, erected in Freetown in 1704. He I 

probably spent the most, if not all, the years : 

of his life on a farm then in Taunton, ^ 

but now in Berkley, where he died in ; 

August, 1725, aged about "Jl years, and must, \ 

therefore, have been born in or near the year 1652. j 

His remains were interred in an ancient cemetery, ] 
apart of which is within the limits of what was 

the Hathaway farm in Taunton, now Berkley, and | 
grave marked by a flat stone no smoother than the 

hand of nature made it, and whereon the untu- \ 
tored stone-cutter, in rude attempts at engraving, 
has, with shapeless sculpture decked, and the name 
and years '' the place of fatnc and elegy supply!' 

Rebecca, the wife of Dea. Abraham Hathaway, 

was a daughter of Shadrach Wilbur,* of Taunton, ? 
and Abraham and Rebecca were united in 

marriage August 28, 1684. She died August .i 

30, 1727, aged about 65 years, and must. .] 

* Sho.lrach Wilbur was Town Clerk of Taunton from 166510 } 

1693. Col. Ehenezer Hathaway and Hannah Shaw were united in ,^ 

marriage March 8, 1711. ■% 


therefore, have been born in or near the 
year 1662. Ebenezcr Hathaway, son of Dea. 
Abraham and Mrs. Rebecca Hathaway, was born 
May 25, 1689; was united in marriage with Han- 
nah Shaw, who bore him five children and died. 
Her remains were interred in Freetown, and her 
grave marked with a dark-colored stone bearing 
this inscription : 

" In Memory of 


Wife of Col. Ebf.nezer Hathaway, 

Who died Dec. y' 20"? 1727, in y* 34*^ year of her age." 

" Soon must the rising dead appear, 
Soon the decisive sentence hear." 

Ebenezer Hathaway came to and located in 
Freetown, where he operated the forge, of which 
he finally became a large, if not in fact entire, 
owner. He built and used as a family residence a 
part of the house now owned by Mr. Daniel 
Macomber, and was a Selectman of Freetown in 
1752 and 1753 ; Moderator of annual Town Meet- 
ing in 1754 and 1757, and Nov. 8, 1748, ap- 
pointed a Justice of the Peace for Bristol County. 
His title of Colonel was probably derived from his 
having held the office of Lieutenant-Colonel in the 
Second Regiment of Bristol County Militia, to 
which he was commissioned in or about the year 
1749. His remains were buried upon what^vas 


his homestead farm, and <^rave marked with a stone 
that bears this inscription: 

"In Memory of 


Who died Eeb. y"' 16"' 1768, in y'' ji/^ year of his age.'' 

'• Under these silent cIckIs I sleep; 
In CHRIST may I arise, 
And when the Angel Gabriel sounds, 
Meet JESUS in the skies." 

Ebenezcr Hathaway, Jr., oldest son and second 
cliild of Col. Ebenezer Hathaway and wife, Han- 
nah Shaw, was born July 13, 1718, and united irr 
marriage with Wealtha Gilbert in or about 1744. 

Ebenezer Hathaway, Jr., held the commission of 
Captain-Lieutenant * of the local militia in Free- 
town when Abiel Terry was Captain and James 
VVinslow, Lieutenant, in or near the year 1755. 

His grave is near that of his father and mother, 
and has a stone on which appears the following: 

"In iMetnory of 
Who died June 16'.'.' 1791, in y" 73'-- year of his age." 
" This is the end of all that live; 
This is my dark, long home. 
Jesus himself lay in the grave, 

The house whence all must come." 

* He was, perhaps, practically Captain, as Abiel Terry was ex 
officio Major of the regiment, the tactics at the time providing that 
one company in a regiment should be designated as Colonel's com- 
pany, one Lieutenant-Colonel's company and one Major's company. 
This, at that time, was Major's company. 


John Winslow and wife, Keziah Hinds (No. 
29), had : 

83. Cliarity L., born April 8, 1803. Married, 
January i, 1836, Karl Scars, of Middlcborough. 
He was a son of Karl Sears and wife, Judith How- 
land, and was born Dec. 2, 1796. He died Aug. 
8, 1862, and was interred in the new ccmctcr)- at 
Assonet Village, I'^reetown. 

84. Abncr, born March 8, 1804. Married 
Rebecca Brown, of Nova Scotia. He died April 
10, 1867. She died Oct. 25, 1875. Hcwasaship 
carpenter by trade. 

85. Keziah, born May 8, 1806. Lived single. 
Died Dec. 24, 1849. Buried in Freetown. 

86. John, born March 24, 1808. Married 
twice. First, Jan. 15, 1843, Charlotte B. Stro- 
bridge, of Freetown. She died June 14, 1863, and 
he married, second, Nov. 22. 1864, Mary T. Samp- 
son, of Lakeville. He has been a Selectman of 
Freetown one year. Assessor three years, and one 
session a Representative in the State Legislature at 
Boston. Resides in Freetown. Thanks are due 
to him for information concerning those members 
of the Hinds family who have lived and also those 
that still reside in the State of Maine. 

87. Ebenezer H., born Aug. 25, 1810. Lived 
single. Died March 7, 1841. Renowned for 
physical strength. Thought to have been the 
strongest man of the town in which he resided. 


88. Ikadford, born Oct. i6, 1812. Was a 
master mariner; commanded the whale ship 
"Elizabeth," of Freetown. He and a boat's 
crew were carried down by a whale, and thus all 
were drowned, June 17, 1843. He never married. 

89. Henry H., born 1 8 14. Died 181 5. 

90. Owen H., born May 11, 181 7. Lived sin- 
gle. Died April 28, 1848. Buried in Freetown. 

91. Henry H., born March 19, 18 19. Married, 
Oct. 18, 1848, Mary Ann Porter, of Freetown. 
She was born Nov. 12, 1822. He was Selectman 
of Freetown one )-ear. Has been a master mar- 
iner. Owns and operates a bleachery at Assonet 
Village in Freetown. 

John Winslow, the parent, was a son of Abner 
Winslow and wife, Rebecca Hathaway, and born 
Nov. 23, 1778; grandson of John Winslow and 
wife, Betty Hathaway, and great-grandson of Lieut. 
Job Winslow, who died in Freetown July 14, 1720. 

* Ensign Ebenezer Peirce (No. 24) and wife, 
Charity Hinds (No. 30), had: 

92. Elbridge G., born Dec. 19, 1801. Mar- 
ried, March 27, 1824, Sarah Gorham, of Hallowell, 
Maine. They reside in Portsmouth, N. H. 

* Names, with dates of commiisiuns, of those who successively 
held the office of Ensign in what was known as " Beech Woods " 
company in Middleborough, but, since 1853, in Lakeville : Natha- 
niel Macomber, July I, 1781; Luther Hoar, June 12, 17S9; George 


93. Louisa v., born Dec. 28, 1803. Married 
Ebcnczer Hinds (No. 71), of Livermore, Maine. 

94. Julia M., born April 2, 1806. Married 
Arthur Cox, of Hallowell, Maine. He is dead. 
She resides at Fairhaven, Mass. 

95. Charity, born January 9, 1808; died Nov. 
I, 1813. 

96. Mary, born January 9, 1808. Married 
Stephen Brown, of Hallowell, Maine. She died 
Oct. 25, 1848. 

97. Job, born April 18, 18 10. Married Eliza- 
beth Davis. He was lost at sea in October, 1852. 

98. Susan, born May 22, 1812. Married 
Joseph Irish, of Fairhaven, Mass. 

99. Tyler, born Feb., 18 14; died Feb. 18, 18 14. 

100. Charity, born Feb. 18, 181 5. Married 
Allen Drew. 

loi. Ebenezer, born June 21, 1817. Has been 
a master mariner. 

102. Charles W., born June 21, 1817: died 
May 28, 1842. He was a twin brother to No. lOi. 

Peirce, Sept 25, 1792; Ebenezer Peirce, Aug. 15, 1796; Freeman 
Peirce, May, 1802; Sylvanus Parris, May 5, 1807; Abiatha Briggs, 
May 20, 1811; Elias Parris, May 7, 1816; Samuel Hoar, 1821; 
John W. Canedy, May 19, 1827; Nathaniel Caswell, Jr., June 6, 
1829; Eli Haskell, , 1834. 

This company existed from the time of the American Revolution 
until April, 1840. It was called into service in the war of the Revo- 
lution, and men were drafted from it to serve in the war of 181 2. 


103. Hannah, born January 10, 1820; died 
July 13, 1820. 

104. Tyler, born Dec. i, 1824; died Dec. i, 

Ensign Ebenezer Peircc, the parent, was a re- 
markably ingenious mechanic. He was the master 
builder of the Congregational meeting-house at 
Assonet Village in Freetown. That house was 
erected in 1809. He resided for a time at Fair- 
haven, Mass. Removed to Maine. 

Bartleit Allen and wife, Lydlv B. Hinds 
(No. 31), had: 

105. Thomas N., born July 23, 1810. 

106. Charity P., born Dec. 5, 1813. 

107. James M., born Nov. 5, 1816. 

108. Jane G., born Sept. 22, 1819. 

109. Bartlett, born June I, 1822. 

1 10. Amelia W., born June 22, 1825. Married 
Henry Eldridge. 

Salome Hinds (No. 32). ' 

Never married, but died at the age of 16 years. 
Her remains are interred in the old burial ground 
on the opposite side of the street from the Chris- 
tian Chapel in Assonet Village, Freetown, Mass., 
and her grave marked by a dark-colored stone 
bearing this inscription : 


" In Memory of 


DauT. of Mr. Ebenezf.r & Mrs. Charity Hinds, 

Who died vSept. .21, 1800, in the 17"' year of her age." 

The writer of this genealogy, Aug. 7, 1883, vis- 
ited that cemetery, sought out and found the 
grave wherein repose " the relicks of" that 
once " young and sprightly maid," and as 
the result of some labor in scraping off the 
moss that, like the mantle of oblivion, was 
consigning her name and memory to forgetfulness, 
was enabled to read and copy the inscription upon 
her decaying tomb-stone, as also that upon the 
slab which marks the resting place of the ashes 
of her uncle, Preserved Hinds, that, too, 
" In this neglected spot are laid." 

Great mourning and sad lamentation character- 
ized the scenes of her death and burial, and for 
many months, and perhaps even years, it was, 
doubtless, often repeated. 

This humble stone, small tribute of their praise, 

Lamented shade, thy weeping parents raise ; 

And while their footsteps haunt thy hallowcil shrine, 

May each fair branch shoot fertile as the vine. 

Not with thy dust — be here thy virtues tomb — 

But bright'ning still, each grace transplanted bloom. 

Hut time, that great oblitcrator as well as paci- 
fyer, has, since the day of her mournful and un- 
happy demise, rolled up the record of more than 


''four score fears," in which all the sad and 
inconsolable mourners have long since followed her 
on the journey to that undiscovered country from 
whose bourne no traveler has yet returned ; and 
who shall weep when all the mourners are dead, 

" All the dead forgotten lie, 
Their memory and their hopes are gone 
Alike unknowing and unknown " ? 

And is not the lesson taught irresistible and con- 
clusive, that what to our minds appears as our duty 
to do, our hands ought, with all their might and 
without delay, most earnestly to pursue — not be- 
cause there is or is not another world, for we do 
not and cannot l^nozu that there is or is not, but 
because zue do know of this world, and that we are 
in it and have duties to perform here that cannot 
be performed anywhere else, certainly not as well 
as here, if, indeed, at all; and, thus taking one 
world at a time, perform in its proper season and 
order what pertains to that state of existenge, 
whether ivorldly or heavenly? 

If we can make ourselves of no use to ourselves 
or others on earth, of what use would it be for us 
to go to heaven? and is it not a mistake that per- 
sons who arc of no proper use to themselves or 
others are here, and shall the mistake be repeated 
by reproducing them hereafter? 

Noah Hatheway, of Freetown, died Nov. 15, 

I -■ 


1804, and Elder Philip Hatheway, his father, the 
next year put forth a pamphlet of about forty- 
eight pages, entitled : " Exercises of Soul and Dis- 
tress of Body of Noah Hatheway in his Last Sick- 
ness," that contained the following from the pen 
of the deceased : 


" With solemn awe death strikes beholders round, 
When by it they do see the youth cut down; 
So was I shock'd when lately I survey'd 
The relics of a young and sprightly maid. 

" Sudden her death, in prime of life cut down. 
Oh, wiiat an awful scene to think upon ! 
Nor did she fall alone when she did die, 
Her parents' hopes were blasted, too, thereby. 

'• .Surely, 'twas somethinj; they did not foresee, 
Their daughter should so soon confined be 
Within the gra\'fe, thence never more to rise 
Until the last loud trump shall pierce the skies. 

" .Vnd now to see the solemn kindred n ourn, 
We "ill our thoughts and pen awhile return; 
And, oh, it was enough to pierce one's heart 
To see how loth they were from her to part. 

" Her parents, brothers, sisters, too, did mourn. 
And with their briny tears did wet her urn; 
Their throbbing hearts with anguish great did swell, 
To think they must of her take their farewell. 

" Now on the gloomy hearse she is convey'd, 
.\nil by a train of mourners follow'd. 
I'he youths who lately with her used to meet. 
Now do her follow to her last retreat. 



" And may they all remember that one clay, 
Like her, they must die and moulder into clay; 
Their youthful bloom and lively looks will fade, 
And all they boast of in the grave be laid. 

" And while I write my heart sinks at the thought, 
That I one day to the grave must be brought. 
No doubt the time unalterably is fix'd. 
That I must pass from this world to the next. 

" And may my soul then rise to worlds above, 
To dwell with Him who did His people love. 
Who dy'd to save them from the wrath to come, 
And will them raise to His eternal home." 

Pkincii'LE C. Hinds (No. 33) and wife, Dru- 
siLLA Allen, had : 

1 1 1 


I 12 












11 S 




The parents wore married Feb. i i. 180S. Prin- 
ciple, the parent, was drowned in Richniond. 
Maine, Apiil 9, 1828. He was born in Middle- 
borough .Sept. 6, 1786. 

0\vi:.\ i'. iJiXDs (No. 34) and wife, Makv 
Bates, : 

120. William. 



I 22 

A daughter. 

A daughter. 
Owen, the parent, was born in Middleborough 
June 21, 1788; united in marriage with Mary 
Bates, of Rochester, Oct. 12, 181 1. He died at 
Calais, Maine. 

Luther Hathaway and wife, Clarissa W. 
Hinds (No. 35), had: 

126. Vodica. 

127. Edwin. 

128. Columbus. 

129. Gilbert. 

130. Tryphena. 

Luther, the parent, was a son of Gilbert Hath- 
away and second wife, Mary Weaver, and born at 
Freetown, Aug. 14, 1786; grandson of Capt. 
I^benezer Hathaway and wife, W^ealtha Gilbert ; 
great-grandson of Col. Kbenezer Hathaway and 
wife, Hannah Shaw ; great-great-grandson of Dea. 
Abram Hathaway, and great-great-great-grandson 
of John Hathaway, of that part of Taunton that 
became Berkley. 

Luther Hathaway and Clarissa W. Hinds were 
married Dec. 6, 18 10. She was born July 8, 1790. 
She died in Brimfield, Peoria County, Illinois. 


TisDALE L. HiNUs (No. 36) and wife, Olive 
Washburn, liad : j 

131. Samuel. ' 

132. Merrick. 

The parents were married May 26, 18 16. He 
died in Kingsfield, Maine. He was born January j 

18, 1793. I ; 


John Dearborn and wife, Susanna K. I 

Hinds (No. 37), had: ' 

133. Calvin. 

134. Mary. 

135. Darillas. 

Susanna, the mother, was born at Middle- \^ 

borough, Mass., January 5, 1795; united in mar- '" 

riage with John Dearborn, Dec. — , 18 17. She 
died Dec. 8, 1864. John Dearborn, for a second 
wife, married a woman whose name was Smith. 

AlansonHinkley and wife, Salome E. Hinds " 

(No. 38), had:  

136. Ebenezer, Died young. 

137. Ebenezer. 

138. Sarah. Married Dawin. 

139. Lydia. Married Seymore. 

Salome, the mother, was born in Freetown Oct. 

2, 1802. She was united in marriage with Alanson 
Hinkley March 26, 1833. She died June 16, 1872. 


Isaac Post and wife, Ruth Hinds (No. 40), 
had : 

140. Isaac. 

141. William. 

142. Albert. 


Samuel Dean and wife, Hannah Hinds (No. 
44), had : 

145. Rhoda, born January 12, 1815. Married 
Willard Tripp. They reside in Taunton, Mass. 

146. Gardiner, born June 18, 1816. He was, 
in 1838, ordained to the work of proclaiming the 
Gospel, or when he had nearly attained to the age 
of 22 years. The services of his ordination were 
performed in the Christian Chapel at Assonet Vil- 
lage in Freetown. The writer of this genealogy, 
then a lad of some i 5 years, was there present, and 
witnessed the religious ceremonies of the occasion, 
and, according to the best of his recollection now, 
states that the ordination sermon was preached by 
Rev. Charles Morgrige, then of New Bedford, 
and from the text, " But godliness, zvith content- 
nienty is great gain." — I. Timothy, 6th chap., 6th 
verse, which sermon was attentively listened to by 
a large and appreciative audience, and I regret 
that the Rev. Gardiner Dean did not make the 
story of that event constitute a part of his 


" Experiences and Incidents," as, probably, he 
would but for his sudden and unexpected death,* 
while that book was being prepared by him for the 
press, and thus leaving that work unfinished. It 
was the least and last of all my thoughts, when, as 
a boy of fifteen summers, I, with that large con- 
gregation, was witnessing the details of that, to 
him, eventful day, that the time would ever come 
when I should be called upon to say that ^' I alone am 
left to tell the story," that could with so much more 
propriety have been repeated by some one who 
then possessed the knowledge of more years, 
greater understanding, experience and a better ap- 
preciation. But " such is life." Rev. Gardiner 
Dean was three times married, his first wife being 
Clarrissa White, who died, and 

third wife, Mary Legore, who survived him and 
resides in New liedford. 

After a brief but distressing illness. Rev. Gardi- 
ner Dean died " in his own hired house ," on Parker 
street, in New Bedford, Nov. 25, 1882, and 
truly sympathizing friends, if not, indeed, " devout 
men, carried him to his burial " on the 27th of that 


* That sudden and unexpected event is also assigned as the 
reason why several facts concerning his family are omitted, as the 
writer had expected to obtain the information from the Rev. Mr. s 

Dean's own lips, and supposed he could get it, as the common 
phrase is, " any time," which unfortunately proved to be "no time," 
thus showing that delays are dangerous. 

276 iiixDs genp:alogv. 

month, in the family cemetery upon the old home- 
stead farm, and near the spot of his birth, in 
Berkley ; and, though they did not make " a great 
lamentation over him," the sorrow not loudly ex- 
pressed was truly sincere. 

The writer witnessed that '^ gathering luith his 
fathers'' of the mortal remains of Rev. Gardiner 
Dean, the surface of the ground at the time being 
covered with a considerable coating of pure, white 
" beautiful snow " that mingled with the clods 
with which we covered the dead out of our sight 
in consigning " dust to dust and ashes to ashes," 
and like the spotless purity of that snow may be 
the broad mantle of humane charity with which the 
remembrances of the man and his acts shall ever 
be regarded, a " CIIARITV " that " NEVER FAILETH." 

147. Nancy, born July 12, 18 18. Married 
Hon. Walter D. Nichols, of Berkley, where they 

148. Franklin, born April 9, 1820. Killed by 
the accidental discharge of a gun. 

149. Walter, born May 10, 1822. 

150. Samuel, born Dec. 13, 1823. Married 
Morrell. They live at the West. 

151. Anna Bathsheba, born Oct. 14, 1826. 

152. G. M. De Lafayette, born Nov. 2, 1828. 
Married Ann Dean, of Freetown. They reside in 

153. John A., born Dec. 13, 1830. 


Stephen Hinds (No. 45) and wife, Susan 
Hinds (No, 62), had: 

154. Loame, born January 12, 1816. (See 
Public Records of Middleborough.) 

Jonathan Parker and wife, Jane M. Hinds 
(No. 47), had: 

155. Lucy H., born March 8, 1827. 

156. Calvin, born Oct. 8, 1828. 

157. John H., born May 24, 1830. 

158. Charles VV., born Sept. 30, 1838. 

The parents, Jonathan and Jane M., were united 
in marriage January 27, 1821, and she died in 
1847. For what here appears concerning the 
family of Jonathan Parker and wife, Jane M. 
Hinds, thanks arc due to Harrison Staples, Esq., 
of Lakeville. 

Preserved Hinds (No. 49) and wife, Sarah 
Parker, had: 

159. Noble, He was a master mariner and 
was lost at sea. 

Hem AN Hinds (No. 50) and wife, Nancy Par- 
ker, had : 

160. Edmund V., born January 27, 1829; died 
Oct. 4, 1854. 

161. Catharine, born March 28, 1834. 

162. Leonard P., born April 9, 1844. Married 
Ella Chase. 


Sarah, the mother, was a daughter of Jonathan 
Parker. She was born Aug. 23, 1807; married 
in October, 1827, and died August 9, 1846. 
Heman Hinds, the parent, for a second wife, mar- 
ried, Aug. 1 1, 1849, Abby T. Perry. No children 
were born of second wife. She died in 1862, and 
in 1864 Heman married, for a third wife, Elizabeth 
Baldwin. Thanks are due to Harrison Staples, 
Esq., for furnishing the knowledge of these facts. 

Sumner Hinds (No. 53) and wife, Chloe 
Ashley, had: 

163. William S., born January 2, 1835. Mar- 
ried Rachel P. Winslow, of Lakeville. 

164. Stephen V., born Oct. 4, 1836. Married 
Ellen Peirce, of Lakeville. She was born July 
12. 1840. 

165. Lucy, born Sept. 20, 1838. Married Asa 
Winslow, of Lakeville. 

166. Nancy J., born July 12, 1841. 

167. John C, born May 24, 1843. Married 
Eva Dean. 

168. Olive, born July 31, 1845. Married 
Edgar W. Allen. 

Lieut. John Hinds (No. 56) and wife, Anna 
Peirce, had : 

169. Maria A., born June — , 18 10. Married, 
May 24, 1828, Otis Harlow, of Middleborough. 


170. Jane S., born Dec. 15, 1811. Married 
Doct. George W. Snow, of Middleborough. Both 
are dead. He located for practice at Soutli Mid- 

Under date of March 17, 181 1, John Hinds, the 
parent, received the appointment of Paymaster, 
with the rank of a F"irst Lieutenant on the regi- 
mental staff of Colonel Benjamin Lincoln, of New 
Bedford, who then commanded the Second Regi- 
ment in the Bristol County Brigade of Fifth Divi- 
sion, Mass., Militia.* 

Anna, the mother, was a daughter of Lieut. 

* The successive commanders of the Second Regiment, with dates 
of their commissions, were as follows: Samuel Willis, of Dart- ^ 

mouth (that part now New Hedford), from about 1745; Kzra 
Richmond, of Dighton, from about 1755; Thomas (lilbert, of Free- 
town, from 1762 to September 19, 1775, v.hen dismissed by an act 
of the legislature; Edward Pope, of Dartmouth (now New Hed- 
ford), February 7, 1776; John Hathaway, of Berkley, June 9, 
1778; Manasseh Kempton, of Dartmouth, July I, 1781; George 
Claghorn, of New Bedford, July 10, 1788; Robert Earle, of West- 
port, 1799; Benjamin Lincoln, of New ISedford, June 2, 1807, 
promoted to Brigadier General May 15, 1815; Edward Pope, Jr., 
of New Bedford, July 3, 1815; Nathaniel Nelson, of New Bedford, li; 

Septemlier 8, 1818; Lysander Washburn, of New Bedford, '■ 

July 28, 1827; Seth Cartee, of New Bedford, July 10, 1830; 
James D. Thompson, of New Bedford, September 13, 1831; 
promoted to Brigadier General ,\ugust 12, 1833; Henry H. 
Crapo, of New Bedford, March i, 1834; David Sylvester, of New 
Bedford, August 10, 1836; William Davenport, of New Bedford, 
.September 30, 1839, to disbandment of the regiment, April 24, 



Robert Strobridge* and wife, Elizabeth Nelson, of 
that part of Middleborough now Lakcville ; grand- 
daughtcr of William Nelson and wife, Elizabeth 
Rowland, and great-grand-daughtcr of Thomas 
Nelson, the first or earliest of the Baptist denomi- 
nation at Middleborough. Anna became the wife 
of Capt. Job Peirce, Jr., of Freetown. Capt. Job 
Peirce, Jr.,t died Sept. 22, 1805, and, a few years 
after, Anna, his widow, became the wife of Lieut. 
John Hinds, who died Dec. i, 181 1. Capt. Job 

* Lieut. Robert Strobridge died very suddenly, August 14, 1790, 
in jgih year. His death was caused by going into a well to regain 
a lost bucket, being at the time perspiring freely from the Ial)Or.-, 
of a harvest field. Of the "Pond Company," so called, in 
Middleborough, he was commissioned Lieutenant, to rank fr<jm 
July I, 1 781. No other person in Middleborough, at the date of 
his death, was known or thought to possess so large an amount 
of property, real and personal, as was shown by the inventory of 
his estate that he died seized and possessed of. His remains are 
in the ancient cemetery of the Precinct .Congregational Society, in 
Lakeville, and grave marked by a stone bearing an inscrii)tion. 

tCapt. Job Peirce, Jr., was remarkably successful as a merchant 
and ship builder at Assonet Village, in Freetown. Commissioned 
captain of the tirst company in the local militia of that town to 
rank from August 21, 1801. Died in office, and was buried with mili- 
tary honors. He was born in that part of Middleborough now 
Lakeville, Dec. 12, 1767, and, during the years of his minority, lis- 
tened regularly to the preaching of Rev, Kbenezer Hinds. Capt. 
Job Peirce, Jr., was a remarkably liberal, generous and very public 
spirited man, who, although never a professor of religion, was 
more profuse in his gifts to support a preacher of the Gospel than 
most of his neighbors that were members of the church, and whose 
faith, being without corresponding works, was dead. 


Peirce, Jr., and Lieut. John Hinds were buried in 
that part of Middleborough that became Lake- 
ville, and both graves are marked by white marble 
slabs bearing legible inscriptions. 

W.\iTER Davis and wife, Ruth P. Hinds (No. 
59)- had: 

171 Mary, born Dec. — ,1815. MarriedAlex- 
andcr Core)-. 

172. Eliza, born March 24, 1817. Married 
Marshal D. Keith. 

173. Ann H., born Dec. 16, 1819. Married 
John Snow. 

174. Walter, born May 27, 1822. Married 
Mary C. Rider. 

175. Susan, born June 4, 1824. Married Solo- 
mon L. Harlow. 

176. Nathan, born May 21, 1826. Married 
Adaline Wood, of Middleborough. He is dead. 

177. William, born Aug. 30, 1828. 

Dea. Aijner Bkalev and wife, PoLLY HiNDS 
(No. 60), had: 

178. Joseph R. Married Catharine King. 

179.* Alden. Married Liscomb. 

i8o. Leonard. 

181. Samuel T.* Married King, of 

* Samuel T. Braley and wife are the parents of Hon. Henry K. 
Braley, mayor of the city of Fall River. 


Rochester. He was a Selectman of Rochester, 
Mass., six years. 

182. Abner. Died young. 

183. John. 

1 84. Francis. Married Betsey Fish, of Roches- 

185. Charles. Married Margaret Fish, of 

186. Henry. Died young. 

187. Mary H. Married twice. First, Henry 
Kingman, of Mansfield, and married, second, Ebe- 
nezer Braley, of Freetown. 

Dea. Abner Braley, the parent, was a Select- 
man of Freetown for the years 1835-36 and 
1837. He removed to Rochester, Mass. Killed 
by accident. 

John Br.adv and wife, Hannah Hinds (No. 
61), had: 

188. Mary E., born April 15, 1832. Married 
Daniel Thornton. 

189. Rt'.ch H., born March 9, 1835. 

190. Catharine H., born Jan. 23, 1839. Mar- 
ried, April 17, 1859, Francis E. Eldridgc.* 

191. Sarah R., born Aug. 3, 1842. 

Thanks are due Harrison Staples, Esq., of Lake- 
ville, for the foregoing concerning the children of 
John Brady and wife, Hannah Hinds. John Brady 
and wife resided in East Freetown. He died a 


few years since. Their former residence has re- 
cently been demolished. 

Ebenezer Hinds (No. 71) and wife, Louisa 
V. Peirce (No. 93), had: 

192. Ebenezer P. Graduate of Harvard Uni- 
versity. Lost his life while ser^fing in the Union 
army in late war. 

193- John. Is a master mariner — whale- 

194. Lucy. 

195. Louisa. 

Gilbert Hinds (No. 73), and wife, Ann M. 
Hathaway, had : 

196. Isaac N., born in Freetown. Married 
Sarah Brown, of Fall River. 

William S. Hinds (No. 163), and wife, Rachel 
P. Winslow, had : 

197. Sumner VV. 

Stephen V. Hinds (No. 164), and wife, Ellen 
Peirce, had : 

198. Jennie F., born June 13, 1870. 

199. James P., born Nov. 16, 1872. 

200. Abby E., born July 18, 1875. 

Ellen, the mother, is a daughter of Philip H. 
Peirce, of Lakeville, and wife, Abigail Pickens ; 
grand-daughter of Dea. Hermon Peirce and wife. 


Rachel Hoar ; great-grand-daughter of George 
Peirce and wife, Sarah Peirce ; "great-great-grand- 
daughter of Ensign Isaac Peirce and wife, DeHver- 
ance Holloway ; great-great-great-grand-daughter 
of Isaac Peirce, Jr., and wife, Judith Boothe ; great- 
great-great-great-grand-daughter of Isaac Peirce, 
Sen., who was a* son of the emigrant, Abraham 
Peirce, who came to America as early as 1623, and 
died in or before 1673. 

Asa Winslow and wife, Lucy Hinds (No. 
165), had: 

201. Edward B., born June 3, 1878. 

202. Asa I., born April 12, 1880. 

John C. Hinds (No. 167) and wife, Eva 
Dean, had : 

203. Emma, born Nov. 24, 1872. Died. 

204. Jane E., born Oct. 9, 1879. 

Edgar VV. Allen and wife, Olive Hinds, 
(No. 168), had: 

205. Ernest E. 

206. Herbert R. 

207. Sumner W. 

208. Avery VV. 

209. Edgar C. 

For names of children, and dates of births in the 
families of William S. Hinds, Stephen V. Hinds, 


Asa Winslow, John C. Hinds and Edgar VV. Allen, 
thanks are due to Harrison Staples, Esq., of Lake- 

Otis Harlow and wife, Maria A. Hinds (No. 
169), had : 

210. Jane, born March 20, 1829. Married J. 
W. Flanburg. 

211. Frank O., born August 17, 1831. Mar- 
ried Sarah Burgess. 

212. Sarah J., born January 27, 1835. Died 
in 1866. 

213. Elizabeth N., born December 25, 1836, 
Died January i, 1837. 

214. Elizabeth N., born April 3, 1838. Died 
October — , 1 840. 

215. Elenor C. Married Dr. Shurtlefif. 

2*16. Charlotte N., born April 7, 1846. Mar- 
ried Thomas R. Hillman. 

217. Mary E. K., born October 14, 1848. 


Rev. Ebenezer Hinds was the ancestor of nearh- 
all of that sirname mentioned in this genealog)-, 
which circumstance, aside from all others in this 
connection, places his name and memory in a con- 
spicuous position ; and, besides tliis, the ability 
which he displayed as a public speaker, pulpit 
orator or preacher of the Gospel, made him so 
justly distinguished in his life-time that the true 
[ story of his personal history, if properly told, 

I would doubtless equal in valuable instruction, if 

! not indeed exceed, that of any of his posterity. 

I • It is exceedingly to be regretted that more than 

j three score and ten years after his decease were 

suft'ered to pass by unimproved before any attempt 
whatever was made to collect, write out and pub- 
lish through the medium of the printing press the 
details of his valuable experiences, and thus be- 
queath an account of the same to generations 
yet unborn, together with the benefit to be de- 
rived from his excellent utterances. 

So much time has been suftcred to run to waste 
that ought to have been devoted to this desirable 
object, and in which nearly every person with 
whom Rev. Mr. Hinds ever associated or was at 
all acquainted having died, it is well near impossi- 

CO^'CLl'I)I^■G REMARKS. 287 

blc to regain what, b\' cruel neglect, has been lost, ', 

and the writer is forced by necessity to content '; 
himself with giving but little where a great deal is 

anxiously desired, and, had the proper time and .^ 

season been observed, might have been supplied. " 
In the absence, therefore, of evidence that \s />osi- 
tive we are obliged to resort to the circumstantial. 
The proverb, '' Like priest like people^ if used 
in connection with the personal history of some of 

those who, from early youth to manhood, grew up j 

under the preaching of Rev. Kbenezer Hinds, is . 

to confer upon the latter a most gratifying compH- '» 
ment, and a brief notice of some of the most dis- 
tinguished of the former may not inappropriately, 

in this connection, occupy a few hasty thoughts % 

and passing glances, but to do justice to whose bi- \ 

ographies more time, greater space and a much more ,3 
carefully prepared description would be required. 

Rev. William Nelson, born July i8, 1741, ^\ 

was about 12 years of age when Rev. Ebenezer *: 

Hinds accepted from his grandfather an invita- t: 
tion to commence preaching in his house on the 

Assawomset Neck, which invitation was seconded ,;• 

by William, a son of Thomas and father of Rev. VVil- % 

liam Nelson ; and who can properly estimate how [^ 
much the religious world owed of the fruits that it 

enjoyed, both in kind and quantity, from that full ,■ 

grown tree in the vineyard of the Lord to the \\ 

manner in which its young and tender *' twig was \\ 





bent " by the " nurture and admonition " that 
William Nelson, as a child, received from the re- 
ligious teachings of Rev. Ebenezer Hinds? 

Rev. \Vm. Nelson became a graduate from the 
Baptist College in Rhode Island, was ordained 
pastor of the Baptist Church in Norton Nov. I2, 
1772, and so successful were the labors there of 
his ministry that in 1780 the church was increased 
to nearly 80 members. He died April 1 1, 1806.* 

* Concerning Rev. William Nelson, Backus' history of the Bap- 
tists informs that he " was not of a strong constitution," and that 
" a sudden cold after preaching at a funeral, seized his lungs in 
such a manner that he was not able to preach for some years, and 
he removed down to the sen, in Dartmouth, in 17S6, where he re- 
covered his strength so far as to be able to preach occasionally." 
The grave of Rev. William Nelson, in the ancient cemetery on the 
southern shore of .Vssawomsct Pond, in Lakcville, was marked by 
a stone laid horizontally about a foot from the ground, upon a wall 
built of common brick. Hut the storms caused the mortar to 
crumble^ and the wall long since fell, thus leaving the stone lying 
flat upon the ground, where in a thoroughly neglected condition it 
still remains, its face partially veiled with moss and marred by the 
insidious tooth of resistless time. Considerable painstaking by 
the writer of this genealogy enabled him to decipher its defaced 
and decaying inscription, and to learn that its epitaph consisted of 
the words following: 

In Memory of 


He Died April ll'.'V 1S06, in his 65'.'! Year. 

In Middleborough i had my birth. 

At Warren my clafsical education, 

At Taunton i had my ordination, 

At Norton my dwelling place, 
11 Dartmouth an afsylum for my health, 

At Middleborough, my exit«S: grave 


Samuel Nelson (brother of Rev. William) was 
born April 6, 1748, and consequently was only 
5 years old when Rev. Ebenezer Hinds com- 
menced the ministrations of the Gospel in Middle- 
borough, though nearly 50 years of age when 
those labors closed. * 

Samuel Nelson commenced preaching to the 
* Third Baptist Church of Middlcborough some 


This grave was until 1853 in Middlehorough, but in that part >■ 
then set off and incorporated as a new and distinct town called 

The Baptist church of Taunton and Norton, May 29, 1772, in- 5 

vited Mr. William Nelson to become its pastor, and had previously S 
voted (September 12, 1770), to settle and maintain a minister 

by free will offering. Ebenezer Nelson had preached in Norton ' 
about two years before being ordained as a colleague with his 
brother, Kev. William Nelson. This church passed a formal vote 

to dissolve October 13, 1835. According to Backus' history, this ''* 

church \va.s " esfa/>/is/iet/ in the Baptist order'' April I, 1 761, and, "'' 

from its establishment to its dissolution was, therefore, a little more '; 

than 74 years. William Carpenter was its first pastor. The t 

records of that church contained the following : J 

" August yc 23, 1768. Departed this life, that servant of the -^ 

Lord, Elder William Carpenter, in the 58th year of his age — a ";\ 

faithful laborer in the Gospel of Christ, who labored in the ; 
Church for 20 years in the work of the ministry." He must have 

begun those labors some thirteen years before this church was X 

" established in the Baptist order,'' and was simply regarded as a • ,<! 

dissenting church such as were some times derisively called " A'fitf ."j 

Lights." \ 

• The Third Baptist Church in Middleborough, says Backus' ex- y 

cellent history, was formed Aug. 4, 1761, and Rev. Ebenezer Jones '[ 

ordained as its pastor October 28 in that year. " But whisf)erers, \ 
who separate very friends, caused such a division there two years 



time in May, 1793. Mr. Backus recorded, *' In the 
beginning of tlie next montli such a divine influ- 
ence was granted that old Christians became all 
alive in religion, and such a concern for the 
soul and eternity appeared among old and young 

after as not only removed him from being their pastor, hut also for 
a time l)roke up their meeting." This difficulty prevented the min- 
ister from signing the certificate then required by the Province law 
from Baptists, hence this church and congregation were taxed for 
the support of parish worship and forcible measures resorted to for 
its collection, the defendants seeking a remedy at Plymouth Courts 
that, instead of affording relief or any help, took twenty dollars 
more from them, probably as costs. In contemplation of these 
facts one is led to say, " Behold how great a matter a little fire kin- 
dleth !" for the next spring after the settlement of Rev. Mr. Jones 
his church and that community was visited with a revival of religion 
that prevailed through the year and spread in happy influence into 
many other societies, the good fruits of which were visii)le for many 
years. But the evil behavior of Mrs. Jones, the minister's wife, 
drew the Rev. Mr. Jones into a snare and caused a great division 
in the church and society, resulting in his removal, and thus leaving 
the church as in a furnace of allliction. This unhappy contention 
and destructive strife arose from evil reports that Mrs. Jones spread 
against the deacons, and, when the evil leaven had begun its work, 
others lent her a helping hand, and we have the authority of Mr. 
Backus for saying that, " Gospel rul^ was greatly disregarded on 
both sides." Mr. Backus continued : "The church was in low cir- 
cumstances for some time, and young people got to be so extrava- 
gant in vanity that they could hardly be kept civil in times of public 
worship," and we will add thus were let loose evils as numerous as 
those of Pandoras' box, and all from the vain babblings of a 

ij silly woman. But the next month after Rev. Samuel Nelson was 

induced lo locate and preach there, a great and very desirable 

i change began to be realized, that quickly assumed the form and 

proportions of an extensive and remarkable revival of religion. 




through all the busiest time in the summer that 
they had frequent and crowded meetings, in sea- 
son and out of season, without the least disturb- 
ance from vain persons which before were so 

troublesome." '* Mr. Nelson was ordained their ■■} 

pastor, January i6, 1794." He remained their fi 

minister until his death. Sept. 9. 1822, or a period .' 

of about 29 years. ^ 

Ebenezer Nelson (a brother of Rev. William 

and Rev. Samuel) was born Oct. 26, 1753, that I 

being the year Rev. Ebenezer Hinds commenced I 
preaching in Middleborough. Ebenezer Nelson 
was ordained a colleague with his brother William 
at Norton Nov. 16, 1790, and resigned Feb. 25, 

1795- ' . :3 

These were some of the stars in the crown of ^ 

Rev. Ebenezer Hinds rejoicing, and beside these % 

could be added the names of several of the most i 

respectable, energetic, enterprising, thoroughly ^ 

practical and successful men among the former i>i 

inhabitants of ancient Middleborough, and who % 

were almost life-long attendants of public worship "? 

under the preaching of Rev. Ebenezer Hinds, and r. 

chief among whom were Col. John Nelson,* who •; 


* The Col. John Nelson house is still standing, and is near the .'"j 

town hall in Lakeville. It is now occupied in part by Col. Nelson's ,;; 

great-grandson, Lieut. James Sampson, town clerk, collector and \i] 

treasurer of Lakeville, and who was a Lieutenant in the Union t; 

army, in late war of "Great Rebellion," he having resigned the of- ' 


performed service as a Major in the Patriot army in 
war of American Revolution. Col. John was a 
^rrandson of the Thomas Nelson who invited Mr. 
Hinds to Middleborough, and the Colonel, when 
Mr. Hinds went there, was a lad of only i6 years. 
Capts. Abicl and Henry Peirce, who served in 
the " French and Indian " and also the Revolu- 
tionary war, were amon^ Mr. Hinds hearers, and 
one of them became his son-in-law. Capt. Job 
Peirce, brother to Capts. Abiel and Henry and 
grandfather to the writer of this genealogy, was 
also a regular attendant, and he, at the coming of 
Mr. Hinds to Middleborough, was only a boy of 
1 6 years, but he listened to Mr. Hinds' preaching 
until he was nearly or quite 60 years old, and was 
so thoroughly a Baptist as, in his old age, to 
become the donor of that Baptist institution 


fices that he now holds to enter the army, and the town of Lake- 
ville did an honor to itself by re-electing him when the war was over. 
Tradition says, that when Rev. Ehenezer Hinds removed to Middle- 
borough, he, with his family, for a time occupied a house then 
standing in a field a little westerly from the spot where Col. Nel- 
son afterward built his, that is still standing. Col. Nelson's re- 
mains are in the ancient cemetery on the southerly shore of As- 
sawomset Pond, and grave marked by a slab of dark colored stone 
highly ornamented and bearing this inscription : 

In memory of 
Who died Septeml)er 11, 1803, in 66*.'l year. 
The Calvinistic Baptist Deacon, Horatio Nelson, who was for a 
time town clerk of Lakeville, and who died in 1869, was a grand- 
son of Col. John Nelson, 


known as " Peirce ACADEMYr" in Middleborough. " 

It would be difificult and perhaps impossible to j 
enumerate all the good deeds done by Mr. Hinds' 
hearers, or beneficial eftects the world has already 

realized that have been the fruitage of Mr. Hinds' ^ 

religious teachings while pastor of that Second ; 

Baptist Church. •; 
*The writer of this genealogy and biography was, 

* The writer of this genealogy and biography was then Colonel 

of the Massachusetts 29th Regiment of Infantry, (a three years .' 

organization), that after serving out its term of engagement, re- | 

inlisteii and served until the close of the war. ^ 

In the " seven-days' battle " before Richmond, June and July, ^ 

1862, the Massachusetts 29th Regiment was acting temporarily in • 

the /n'sA Brigade, commanded by ]5rigadier General Thomas 1-". \ 

Meagher, familiarly known as the "Irish Patriot." This Brigade, • 

during that " change of base " was kept as a part of the " rear j 

guard " to McClellan's retreating column, and as a consequence cut * 

terribly to pieces, and by this, and the battle of Fredericksburgh, ^^ 

nearly annihilated. It was the orders and practice in the Irish i 

Brigade during tiiose terrible days to leave behind both its dead '.. 

and wounded, and the wound of the writer was hastily dressed • ,; 

upon the battle field, and under a fire from the enemy so deadly '^ 

that the surgeons, once during that operation, caused him to be ^ 

removed, lest they should be killed before it could be concluded. ? 
He was then taken to a farm-house near the field, that, with its 

door yard, was filled with the wounded, and under the benumbing in- j* 

fiuence of chloroform became insensible and utterly oblivious to ^5' 

the depth of his woes or horrors of his situation. Awakening a ij 

little after midnight, he successfully managed to elude the rebel \ 

sentinels (as he had during his sleep became a prisoner), he on i 

foot, and alone, took to a forest in an effort to escape, and traveled tS 

as he thought about six miles, when he overtook the rear of the 1'^ 
retreating Union army, mounted a horse and rode to the vicinity 


in one of the seven days' battles before Richmond 
(viz.: June 30, 1862), struck by a cannon ball 
that severed his right arm near the shoulder and 
he was left behind on the battlefield to perish and 
reported to his friends at home as being dead, 
which circumstance afiforded, at least so far as the 
report, a singular coincidence to what had trans- 
pired with his grandfather, Capt. Job Peirce, when 
a soldier in the " French and Indian " War, a 
little more than a century of years before. 

Capt. Job Peirce* had by his parents been given 

of Malvern Hill, lay down under a tree in rear of Union line while 
that battle was progressing, then rode to Harrison's landing and 
went on board a steamer for Baltimore. Arrived home the 17th 
of July and was again put upon duty just thirty days after being 
wounded, and participated in the second battle of Bull Run, less 
than two months after losing the sword arm in the engagement of 
" White Oak Swamp," and continued in active service commanding 
a brigade in the states of Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky and Ten- 
nessee, and for a time, while in Tennessee, a division until December, 
1864, when health and strength so utterly failed that he resigned 
and was honorably discharged. And he now at the age of more 
than three score years, minus a right arm, with his left hand at- 
tempts to prove that 

" The pen is mightier than the stvord." 

* Capt. Job Peirce, of what was then Middleborough, but now 
Lakeville, served for a brief period (in 1757), in a company sent 
from Middleborough to reinforce Fort William Henry, in (the 

i now state of) New York. That fort was taken by the enemy before 

this company reached the place, and without doing any fighting, 
the Middleborough force returned home. Job Peirce, April 5, 

Ij '758, enlisted into the army in which he served out the full terms 


up for lost and mourned for as dead, but he, un- 
announced as well as unexpectedly, arrived home •' 
one Sunday morning, just after the family had 
gone to meeting, where, without delay, he followed 
and arrived just as Mr. Hinds was about to take < 
a contemplated text, when the latter quickly | 
changed his thovights and plans and substituted as ,.] 
his text in its stead: "For this, my son ivas dead, :) 
a7id is alive again ; he. was lost, and is found " '| 
That singular and unlooked-for arrival, and the -i 
excitement consequent, furnished an interesting 
theme for conversation among those worshippers ''I 
for many years after, and the interest of the writer li 


of three enlistments in the " French and Indian War," con- f) 

tending with French Can.idians and Indians in Northern New York \^_ 

and Nova Scotia. He participated in the attempt to take Ticon- i\ 

deroga from the French, July 6 and 8, 1758, and it was in the »i 

Nova .Scotia expedition that for a time it was supposed he had sac- V 

riticed his life. ti 

As a " MiNUTK Man," he served in a company commande<l by 5 

his brother, Capt. Abiel Peirce, at the " Lexin^on Alarm^'' April 1 , 

19. >775- \ 

Job Peirce early in 1776, was commissioned as a Lieutenant in 5" 

Captain Nathaniel Wood's company of Colonel Simeon Cary's reg- » 

iment in Patriot Army, and put upon duty at Roxbury. May 9, ] 

1776, Job Peirce was promoted to captain, and led a company in - 

December of that year to Rhode Island where he aided in the at- '■ 

tempt to defend that locality. He also participated in the success- 
ful defence of Dartmouth (now New Bedford and Fairhaven), in 
September, 1778. He was born November 29, 1737. He died 
July 22, 1 8 19, and was buried in what is now I^keville and has 
suitable gravestones. 


in that story, as a consequence, was increased and 
heightened when, in his own person, he came so 
near furnishing the subject of its repetition. Serv- 
ing, as this story does most admirably, to illustrate 
one of the prime and essential features in the 
character of Rev. Mr. Hinds (viz.: ready thought 
and quickwitted aptitude), the writer, at the risk 
of being considered vain, has deemed it proper to 
give it a place here. 

The date of Capt. Job Peirce's arrival described 
was some time in 1760, or about two years after 
Mr. Hinds was ordained pastor of the Second 
Baptist Church in Middleborough. Major Peter 
Hoar, an officer in Patriot Army in war of Ameri- 
can Revolution, and who endured hardship as a 
good soldier in the Army of the Lord, was born 
July 25, 1754, or the next year after Mr. Hinds 
located in Middleborough. Major Hoar out-lived 
his beloved pastor only about three years, and was 
from early youth to death (March 12, 181 5), an 
almost constant listener to Mr. Hinds' preaching. 
* The many benevolent as well as very liberal be- 

* He bequealhed a handsome present in money to the Second 
Baptist Church in Middleborough, now Lakeville, and a gift of 
like kind, but greater quantity, to the church at Long Plain, and to 
|; the latter he also gave a communion service that cost fifty dollars. 

|!' He left a sum of money to pay Rev. Daniel Hix, of Dartmouth, 

|:j for preaching a sermon every Christmas Day, and the latter re- 

[ii paired to the dwelling of Major Hoar's widow and preached that 

!i; sermon every year for nearly a quarter of a century. The writer 



quests made by Major Hoar may perhaps not im- [f 

properly be considered as at least in part the result  

that preaching had upon the mind of the donor, ''■ 

the " words'' of Mr. Hinds, '' fitly spoken^ proving b 

that good seed sown in good ground which brough j5 

forth an abundant harvest. Hon. Job Nelson, who !'. 

settled at Castinc in Maine, and was in 1804 ap- ji 

pointed Judge of Probate for the County of Han- t 

cock, which position he held until 1836, or a period 
of some 32 years, was born in that part of Mid- 
dleborough now Lakeville Sept. 6, 1766, and was 
a grandson of Thomas Nelson, the earliest Baptist 
of Middleborough. The birthplace of Judge Nel- 
son was upon the opposite side of the highway, 
but within a stone's throw, from the spot where his 
grandfather, Thomas Nelson, in 17 17, built his 
house, in which Rev. ICbenczer Hinds commenced 
to preach in 1753. Judge Nelson's birth occurred 
in the 13th year of Mr. Hinds' ministry, and hence 
all the youth of the former was spent under its 
teachings, as was also that of his brothers, Doct. 
Thomas Nelson, born Feb. 26, 1770, and Rev. 

listened to one of those sermons preached more than 50 years ago. 
In the Patriot army Peter Hoar served, as a Sergeant, in Capt. 
Job Peirce's company, and afterward was in service as a Lieutenant 
and Adjutant. His commission as Senior Major was held in the 
local militia after the war. He was fifteen tinies elected as a 
Selectman of Middleborough, and represented that town in the 
state legislature three years, viz.: 1809, 1810 and 181 1 and at the 
last date he was commissioned as a Justice of the Peace. 

298 coNCi.rnixG remarks. 

Stephen S. Nelson, born Oct. 5, 1772, all of whom 
were collegians and all ardent liaptists. 

Few religious assemblies in this country at that 
day and of like numbers produced more, if in fact 
as many, ripe scholars or more thoroughly prac- 
tical and eminently successful men, which fact, in 
and of itself, goes far to prove the mental stamp 
of the man who could for more than 40 years fill 
the position of their religious teacher. 

Thomas Nelson, the original or first Baptist in 
Middleborough, listened to the preaching of Rev. 
Mr. Hinds about two years, and died in the 80th 
year of his age ; but Hope, his wife, that most re- 
markable " mother in Israel," lived to be nearly 
106 years old, and sat under the preaching of Mi, 
Hinds nearly 30 years.* 

• The writer of this genealogy, when a lad of nine years, was 
shown a slight depression in the ground that was said to mark the 
spot where 7'homas Nelson erected his house upon Assawomset 
Neck in or near the year 1717, and the tradition then related to 
him concerning Hope, the wife of Thomas Nelson, has found an 
enduring place in his memory. 

"Hope," so said that tradition, "one evening or night, when 
no man was within call, heard a noise in the cellar, and, suspecting 
that it proceeded from an Indian searching for something to steal, 
she went silently down in darkness lest the carrying of a candle 
should warn and thus enable the intruder to escape, and, coming 
upon the prowler unawares, she seized suddenly and determinedly 
upon him, who, being terribly frightened, made frantic efforts to re- 
lieve himself from her unyielding grasp and only succeeded as did 
the Scriptural Joseph from the Photophar's wife by leaving a part 
of hi-> garment in the woman's hands." 


i i 

* Lieutenant Thohias Nelson, Jr., a son of Thomas 

Would any one l)elieve it possible that such energetic .nnd thor- 
oughly practical women could have been the ancestors of the i 
present generation of " ner7>ous ladies,'' afraid of their own ■^ 
shatlows? But then, perhaps, it was not convenient or practical « 
in those days to indulge in a '^fashionable fainting Jit,'' or thought ' 
vulgar to be good for something beside to be waited upon. ■-' 

Hope, the wife of Thomas Nelson, was the fourth child of John ^ 
Huckins, and born in Barnstable May lo, 1677; united in mar- i 
riagewith Thomas Nelson, of Middleborough, March 24, 1698. She ij 
was a grand-daughter of Thomas Huckins, of Boston and after- 
ward of Barnstable. Thomas Huckins was commissioned Ensign ,; 
of the " Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company," in Boston, i 
upon the first Monday in June, 1639. He was a Commissary Gen- I 
eral in " King Philip's War," 1675-76, and drowned November 9, •; 
1679. He was a Selectman at Barnstable eight years, and repre- 
sented that town in the General Court eight years. 

Some of his lineal descendants call their sirname Higgins, and 

when traced back a few centuries, the Huckins, Hctchins, and *i 

Higgins families would probably be found to have descended from V 

the same ancestor. i: 

* Thomas Nelson, Jr., held the commission of a Lieutenant in ^ 

the fourth company in the local militia of Middlelwrough, and V 

this was conferred upon him in or near the year 1755. An official ^ 

return from this company is on file at the State House in Boston, :j^ 

bearing date of February 15, 1759, giving the names of those mem- {'; 

bers, who had recently supplied themselves with bayonets, who ''> 

were as follows : !? 

Xon- Commissioned Officers. — Henry Strobridge and William \ 

Hoskins, Sergeants; John Smith and Wm. Strobridge, Jr., Corpo- J! 

rals. i| 

Private Soldiers. — Jedediah Beals, Elisha Peirce, John Parris, vj 

Isaac Howland, Jr., Paul Dillingham, Jonathan Caswell, Zabedee ^ 

Booth, Richard Peirce, Job Howland, Elisha Mayo, James Pickens, \ 
John Pickens, John Blye, John Fry, George Peirce, Abiel Peirce, 

Jacolj Tiison, Jacob Allen, John Nelson, Josiah Smith, Jr., Samuel . 



and Hope Nelson, was also a regular attendant and 
probably remained so until his death, March 7, 

Lieut. Thomas Nelson was born April 12, 1710. 
He was a Selectman of Middleborough 12 years; 
Moderator of annual Town Meeting 12 years, and 
Representative to the General Court 14 years. 

Lieut. Thomas was father of Col. John Nelson 
and grandfather of Judge Job, Doct. Thomas* and 

Hayfords, Joseph Leonard, 3d, Joseph Wescoat, Jacob Booth, 
William Mackfall, Lemuel Mayo, John Booth, Robert Montgomery, 
Silas Booth, Levi Peirce, William Nelson, Jr., and Samuel Hollo- 
way, Jr. 

In 1762 the commissioned officers of this company were: Joseph 
Leonard, Captain; Nelson, Lieutenant, and Isaac Peirce, 
Ensign. In 1773, William Canedy, Jr., was Captain, and John 
Nelson, Lieutenant. In 1776, Job Peirce, Captain, Josiah Smith, 
Lieutenant, and Samuel Hoar, Ensign. 

* Doct. Thomas Nelson was a member of the Fourth Calvinistic 
B.iptist Church in Middleborough, of which he was for a time 
church clerk. This church worshipped in what was commonly 
known as the " Pond Meeting House." It was in that part now 
Lakeville. Erected in 1796; destroyed by tire in 1870. A few 
years l)efore its destruction it was converted into a tenement and 
grocery store on the ground floor, with an audience room above 
called " vSassamon Hall." 

Doct. Thomas Nelson settled, for medical practice, in what is 
now Lakeville, and erected for a family residence a two-story 
dwelling, a few rods southerly from his birth-place. He did not 
long remain there, but sold out to his brother, Dea. Abiel Nelson, 
who occupied it until his death, April 29, 1829. 

Doct. Thomas Nelson removed to and continued his medical 
practice in Bristol, R. I. In that house, sold by Doct. Thomas to 


. -i 

Rev. Stephen S. Nelson.* ? 

Dea. William Hoar, a man unknown to fame ) 

and whose I 

" Hours in cheerful labor flew, I 

Nor envy nor ambition knew," 3 

was of essential service in holding up the hands t 


his brother, Dea. Ahiel Nelson, it was that, October 17, 1806, ' 

Job Peirce Nelson, Esq., was born, and he occupied it as a home J 

during the whole of his life, and there, Dec. 3, 1862, he died. j; 

Upon the paternal acres that had descended to him through four ? 

successive generations, Job Peirce Nelson, Esq., was born, there i 

lived and there died, and was in turn gathered to his fathers in the | 

ancient cemetery on the southerly shore of the great pond that ; 
gave a name to the neck of land upon which those long-occupied 

acres were situated, thus showing that sometimes, at least, in this | 
country property and position do not go entirely out of a family 
and name in or before the third generation, for the family that had 

produced the men of eminence already mentioned in its first, )^ 

second and third generation--, was not without an honoreil repre- '4 

sentative in the fourth generation, to prove which we cite this fact : j 

When a part of the town of Middleborough was, by act of the | 

legislature, set ofl' to become a new and distinct town, the legal " 

voters of the section detached assembled to determine by ballot ' 
what the name of the new town should be, and, by a decided nua- 

jority, concluded upon Nelson for the name, and this was '^ 

done as a mark of respect for their townsman, Job Peirce Nel>oii> '', 
Esq. But his modesty was as great as his true and sterling worth 
and popularity, and such as to dissuade him from favoring, and in 
fact to cause him to discourage, that project, and it was therefore 
abandoned, that of I^keville taking its place. 

* Rev. Stephen S. Nelson preached for a time in Bellingham, 
and, April 28, 181 5, was invited to become the pastor of the 
North Baptist Church at Attleborough, where he preached until 
1820, and then became pastor of the Baptist Church in Plymouth. 




of his pastor. Dea. William Hoar was born 
Dec. 30, 1 72 1 , and was, therefore, 3 1 years 
of a<Te when Mr, Hinds, as a preacher, located in 
Midddleborough. Dea. Hoar died April 25, 1795. 
only a few years before Mr. Hinds' preaching to 
the Second Baptist Church in Middleborough 
closed, the minister and his deacon having traveled 
in the '•^ good old way" together for the term of 
more than 40 years.* 

}^ut the space properly allowable in this book 
is too limited to speak individually of all the Abra- 
hams in faithfulness who, as members of that 
church, let their " lights so shine that others " took 
suitable warning; or of wrestling Jacobs that, 
from earthly labors, have become prevailing Israels 
in heavenly rewards ; or Pauls who fought the good 
fight, ever ready to be offered as a sacrifice upon 
the altar of the cause that engrossed their whole 
hearts, and have attained to that which perisheth 
not with the using and fadeth not away, having 
entered into the rest prepared for the righteous 
from the foundations of time and whose continua- 
tion is endless as eternity. 

* Tradition saith that Dea. Wm. Hoar had a grist mill not far 
from the meeting house, and near which mill the ordinance of bap- 
tism by immersion used to be administered. His dwelling was 
destroyed by fire in the night time, and a house erected about on 
the same spot and owned by his grandchildren was burned in the 
night a few years since. The cause of either fire was never 


Another listener to the preaching of Rev. 
Ebenezer Hinds and a regular attendant at the 
Sabbath services of the Second Baptist Church 
was Major Levi Peirce, born in what was then f 

Middleborough, now Lakeville, Oct. i, 1773, or 1 

some 20 years after the ministrations of Mr. Hinds 'i 

were there commenced and about as long before | 

the same were closed. Major Levi Peirce never •! 

became a member of this Second Baptist Church, ^ 

but on November 7, 1824, he was baptized by im- ^ 

mersion and joined the Fourth Calvinistic Baptist '^ 

Church in Middleborough, whose place of public ^ 

worship was the " Pond Meeting House," so | 

called, that stood on the southerly shore of Assa- |, 

womset Pond, in Lakeville. Major Levi was a son > 

of Capt. Job Peirce, Mr. Hinds' life-long adherent, j 

advocate and friend, a regular attendant at Mr. | 

Hinds' meetings, and who as regularly brought his ?; 

whole household to the sanctuary. 

Major Levi was christened to bear up the name | 

of his mother's brother, Capt. Levi Rounsevill, s 

commander of all the " Minute Men " of Free- 
town, that responded at the " Lexington Alarm," 
April 19, 1775, and afterward a Captain in the 
Patriot Army in war of American Revolution. 

Major Levi Peirce commanded a batallion of 
the Coast Guard in service at and near New Bed- 
ford in the war of 18 12, sometimes called the 
"Last War with England," and on May 27, 1826, , 


he was made a Deacon of that Fourth Baptist 
Church in Middleborough, in which he continued 
until dismissed to join the Central Baptist Church 
in that town,* in which he also became a Deacon. 
The remains of Major Levi Peirce rest in a ceme- 
tery near the I'our Corners Village in Middle- 
borough, and his grave is marked by a handsome 
slab of white marble bearing this inscription : 

" J)kacon Levi Peikck died Aug. 22, 1847, aged 74 
years. At his own expense he built the meeting house of 
the Central Baptist Church in Middlcborough, and liher- 
ally endowed it and remained deacon of the same from 
the time of its formation till his death, a term of twenty 
years, using the office of deacon well. The righteous 
!;!■ shall be had in everlasting remembrance. " 

|i Lydia, the second wife of Rev. Ebenezer Hinds, 

Ij died May 12, 1801, and he was thus, when about 82 

years of age, for a second time left a widower, but 
' he continued for several years after to retain that 
remarkable mental and physical activity for wliich 
he had been characterized, together with that 
sprightliness of pleasant humor which so clearly 
unveils the heart, and those who witnessed the 
activity with which he mounted his horse, his pow- 
ers of endurance in long journeys performed in 
the saddle, his quick witted aptitude and powers 



* Major Levi Peirce represented the town of Middleborough 
five sessions in the state legislature, viz.: 1805-6-7-8 and 1809; 
was a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1820, and Post- 
master at Middleborough more than 30 years. 


of sharp repartee, would, of the veteran minister 

of more than four score years, be led to say, " His 
eye is yet undimmed, nor has his natural force 

Lydia, the second wife of Rev. Ebenezer Hinds, 
was the daughter of Richard Bartlett, an English- 
man, who settled in Boston. She was born in or I 
about 1734. She had a brother, Richard Bartlett, \ 
who, as a soldier, served under Gen. John Wins- \ 
low, of Marshfield, in the removal of the Area- •. 

dians, or neutral French, in 1755. 1 

The advanced years of Rev. Mr. Hinds, together 

with the death of his wife, caused him to spend ] 

the remainder of his life in the homes of his chil- ; 

dren, which circumstance probably accounts for \ 

his pulpit labors at Pocasset, in Sandwich, and As- | 

sonet Village in Freetown. When at Assonet his ] 

home was with his son, Ebenezer Hinds, who • 

owned and occupied a house upon the northerly * 

side of Water street in that village, which house | 

was afterward owned by Mr. Jason Hathaway. | 

Rev. Ebenezer Hinds was not only a fluent, ready '; 

speaker, but quite a writer for his time, tradition ^ 
having preserved a knowledge of the fact that he 

was the author of a controversial tract in advo- J 
cacy of his religious views, which displayed con- 
siderable depth of reasoning as also the power of 
expression, and a copy of which literary produc- 
tion the writer of this sketch has sought without 








success to obtain. Upon the title page of that 
pamphlet is said to have appeared this stanza : 
"Sin has tainted all our blood, 
All would be monarchs if they could; 
If we our neighbors don't devour, 
Tisnot for lack of will, but power." 

Rev. Ebenezer Hinds died at the home of his 
grand-children, Ensign Ebenezer Peircc and wife, 
Charity Hinds, in Fairhaven, Mass. He was 
buried in the ancient cemetery on the southerly 
shore of Asswomset Pond, (then in Middle- 
borough, now) Lakeville, and the grave marked by 
a slate stone, still well preserved and bearing alegi- 
ble inscription that gives April 19, 1812, as the 
date of his decease. The father of the writer of 
this genealogy noted the fact in an entry made in 
his almanac, but gave the date of April 29, instead 
of April 19, 1812. I have taken the last as the 
most reliable date, being as it was made at or very 
near the time, while that upon the grave-stone, 
probably, was given to a grave-stone maker from 
recollection several years after the event. The 
writer has given the authorities for both dates and 
what he believes the causes for disagreement, leav- 
ing the true date to be determined upon by those 
possessing better or more reliable evidence. An 
aged woman resides in Lakeville who says that, 
when a child, she remembers seeing Rev. Ebenezer 
Hinds upon his death-bed in the house of Ebe- 


nczcr Peirce at Fairhaven, but she was too young to 
gather a knowledge of more facts that would 
naturally find a lodgment in the mind of a child, 
which is only another unpleasant reminder of how 
much, by long neglect, has been lost, never to be 
regained, that might once have been easily ob- 
tained and secured for the benefit of this and suc- 
ceeding generations had those persons, who iverc 
well acquainted with Rev. Ebenezer Hinds and sur- 
vived him several years, been consulted in the 
matter, and their recollections penned down and 
thus preserved. 




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